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Annie to be staged at Sylvan Hills

The students at Sylvan Hills High School have been rehearsing tirelessly for what they hope to be their best musical yet as they get ready to perform the musical Annie. Cast members include front row from left to right: Shauderic Scoggins (Warbucks), Ashton Staton (Annie), Hannah Maley (Grace); Back Row from left to right: Hope Maley (Molly), Drake Robertson (Drake), Alisa Staton (Miss Hannigan), Jacob Franco (Rooster), Karley Walton (Lily).
The students at Sylvan Hills High School have been rehearsing tirelessly for what they hope to be their best musical yet as they get ready to perform the musical Annie. Cast members include front row from left to right: Shauderic Scoggins (Warbucks), Ashton Staton (Annie), Hannah Maley (Grace); Back Row from left to right: Hope Maley (Molly), Drake Robertson (Drake), Alisa Staton (Miss Hannigan), Jacob Franco (Rooster), Karley Walton (Lily).

Under the direction of Jessica Shaw and Michael Scroggins, the full length musical, Annie, will be open to the public beginning Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Adult tickets are $6 and students tickets are $4. Children under 3 get in free.

“Come out and support the drama club in there performance of this entertaining musical containing elaborate sets and costuming. It’s perfect for the whole family,” said Director Jessica Shaw. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to connect our young people with a classic musical such as Annie.”

Eleven-year-old orphan, Annie, played by Ashton Staton, is trying to find her real parents who dropped her off at an orphanage with a note saying they were coming back for her. Ms. Hannigan, played by Alisa Staton, is the woman who takes care of the children by feeding them cold mush and making them work. One day, Secretary Grace Ferrel, played by Hannah Maley, comes to get an orphan for Christmas for Mr. Warbucks, played by Shaudric Scroggins, who is the richest man in the world. He finds out that Annie is what he has needed his whole life, but Ms. Hannigan is not okay with this and plots with her brother, Rooster, played by Jacob Franco and his lady, Lily, played by Karley Walton, to make sure Annie stays an orphan.

Ashton Staton, who is playing the role of Annie, said taking on the role is a wonderfully and unique experience.

“In addition to working with an amazing cast and crew, I get to work with Sandy, the sweetest dog in the world,” Staton said. “Another fun part of the show is that my younger sister is playing the role of Miss Hannigan. The audiences will love watching Annie and her adventures.”

Hannah Maley is playing the role of Grace and she says she is looking forward to the performances.

“Of all the shows I have taken part in, our production of Annie is by far my favorite,” Maley said. “The music is timeless with songs like It’s a Hard Knock life and Maybe. Because everyone in the cast and crew has worked so hard, Annie will certainly wow audiences.”

Scoggins. He said he is looking forward to performing this important part.

“The role of Warbucks is totally different from the characters I usually play; however, I think my deep bass voice fits the persona of the wealthy Warbuck’s character,” Scoggins said. “Annie is a story that everyone will enjoy because of the mood of the time period and the performance of our cast.”

Shaw added, “Each student that takes part in this production, walks away with a life-long appreciation for the arts. It is my wish that the people in our community will come out and support all of their hard work.”

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