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April 13, 2011

'Annie' hits the stage at Grinnell

DERRY — Students at Grinnell Elementary School are bringing a lovable comic strip character to life.

The school presents the musical "Annie" on stage with two shows on April 14 and 15, at 7 p.m.

The popular story of Little Orphan Annie, her faithful pup Sandy and Daddy Warbucks includes a cast of approximately 35 students. They will bring the characters to life and present songs like "Tomorrow," "It's a Hard Knock Life" and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile."

Leading the cast is Kayla Nelson, 11, taking the role of the little orphan girl who eventually finds a wonderful life with the rich and powerful Daddy Warbucks.

Taking the stage as furry sidekick Sandy is 10-year-old Adam Arsenault. Daddy Warbucks is played by Hunter Lessard, 11, and Emma Davis, 10, plays Grace.

For Kayla, it's fun sporting a curly red Annie wig as she takes on the part of the feisty young orphan.

All children tried out for the play, she added, saying many had ideas of what part they would like to play.

Others fell into roles music teacher and play director Marilyn Olbricht had in mind for them.

Hunter said he loves playing Sandy the dog. A great canine costume is part of the fun.

"And he has a really good bark," Meaghan Michaud said of her cast mate.

Tickets for "Annie" are $3 and available through the school office. Call for information at 432-1238.

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