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Woodbridge Senior High School Annie

By • Apr 18th, 2010 • Category: Cappies

A country in despair, a conniving plan, orphans hard at work, and one girl who beams with the optimism that everyone needs. These were all elements of Woodbridge Senior High School’s recent production of the classic, family tale Annie.

Annie, with book written by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, is a musical based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” The musical itself was released in 1977 and many versions of the original have been released, including film adaptations. The show grew in popularity and was a major hit, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. The story follows eleven year-old Annie, an orphan, who hopes to find her parents someday. With her optimism, she brightens others lives and in the end, finds happiness with a new companion.

Woodbridge Senior High School’s production was anchored by the strong energy exhibited by the cast and the strength of the orchestra and vocals in ensemble numbers. Although there was a lack of consistent emotion, the actors and actresses worked well together on stage.

The lead characters aided in moving the show along. Kara Hollis, who played Annie, emitted her optimism through her constant energy. She worked well with all of the characters on stage and portrayed a young girl accurately and in an entertaining fashion. Eric George, who played Oliver Warbucks, had a strong vocal performance and had a clear, fatherly relationship towards Annie.

Many of the featured actors and actresses added excitement, humor, and overall entertainment to the production. Greta Goesch, who played Miss Hannigan, had clever comedic timing and strong belting vocals in her musical numbers. “Easy Street,” her number with Rooster (Jordan Mathalon) and Lilly (Rachel Sowinski), was humorous and full of energy. Grace, played by Taylor Green, had a clear sense of character and exhibited beautiful vocals. 

The technological aspects of the show, though simple, acted as a beneficial aspect to the production. The set itself was simplistic, but worked with the show. Although characters at times were inaudible, the actors and actresses worked with the difficulties. The make-up was fitting for the time and simple for most characters, which also added to the realism of the show. 

Overall, the cast and crew of Annie at Woodbridge Senior High School depicted a well-known tale with energy and emotion, leaving the audience with the feeling that anything can be accomplished with a positive attitude. 

Review submitted by Roopali Kulkarni of Stone Bridge High School.

Photo Gallery

Rooster (Jordan Mathalon), Hannigan (Greta Goesch) and Lilly (Rachel Sowinski) Grace (Taylor Murphy), FDR (Brandon Boling), and Howe (Martin Owusu)
Rooster (Jordan Mathalon), Hannigan (Greta Goesch) and Lilly (Rachel Sowinski)
Grace (Taylor Murphy), FDR (Brandon Boling), and Howe (Martin Owusu)
Annie (Kara Hollis) and Daddy (Eric George) Annie (Kara Hollis) and Sandy (Koda Kimberlin)
Annie (Kara Hollis) and Daddy (Eric George)
Annie (Kara Hollis) and Sandy (Koda Kimberlin)

Photos by Lisa Mathalon.

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