March 2, 2017

Heart-warming musical 'Annie' on stage at Badin High March 23-26

Sophomore Sydney Long, red wig and all, will play the lead role as Theatre Badin presents the heart-warming musical “Annie” for four performances at Badin High, Thursday through Sunday, March 23-26.

“This year’s production should be quite a treat,” said Lisa Clear Schaffer ’76, directing the BHS musical for the 11th year. “It’s a terrific show and the cast has really embraced it.”

Long stars as Annie, the orphan girl who is trying to find her parents during the American economic depression of the 1930s. She’s brought to the home of the wealthy and tough Oliver Warbucks (senior Randy Geers) to spend Christmas, and warms his heart to the extent that he will do anything to find some parents for her.

“Sydney Long IS Annie,” Schaffer said. “What fun it has been to work with her. She can really belt out a tune. And she has an infectious ‘can-do’ personality that shines through her performance.”

Other key roles include senior Sierra Howard as Grace, Warbucks’ trusted assistant; senior Danielle Ullman as Miss Hannigan, the mean supervisor of the orphanage; junior Benny Wang, an International student from China, as Hannigan’s brother, Rooster; and senior Libby Crank as Lilly St. Regis, Rooster’s ditsy girlfriend who helps fuel the plot.

“The students are playing off each other so well,” Schaffer said. “Randy Geers plays a strong but tender Daddy Warbucks, and this is quite a change for Danielle Ullman to play the villain after a great turn as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz last year.”

The Badin production includes six elementary school students from Queen of Peace playing the orphans, and a live dog who is a key part of the show.

Schaffer and her longtime co-director and costume coordinator, Tina Jacoby Welch, were both inducted into Badin’s Hall of Honor for their efforts in September, and they bring fun and skill to the Badin stage.

“Annie is such a great show,” said Schaffer, who previously staged the musical at Badin in 2010. “The music is terrific, the story is uplifting, and we have the students to do it. As we searched for a musical over the summer, we just decided that the audience would love an Annie revival.”

A cast of more than 40 students will make “Annie” come alive in Badin’s Little Theatre on Thursday through Saturday nights, March 23-25, at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 Sunday afternoon matinee on March 26.

Tickets are $12 and are available through Badin. Call (513) 863-3993 for further information. The school is located at 571 New London Road in Hamilton.

Previous productions handled by Schaffer and Jacoby Welsh include “The Wizard of Oz” (2016), “Into the Woods” (2015), “Fiddler on the Roof” (2014), “The Music Man” (2013), “Footloose” (2012), “The Sound of Music” (2011), “Annie” (2010), “Cinderella” (2009), “Guys and Dolls” (2008) and “The Pajama Game” (2007).

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120;

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