By JEROD CLAPP
Whether from a hard knock life or easy street, Jeffersonville High School’s production of “Annie” brings audiences a fresh look at a classic show.
Patti Miller, director, said the school’s second production of the year has all the heart of the play people will remember and some punch they may not have seen yet.
“I think that there’s perhaps more humor in our show,” Miller said. “The scenes with President Roosevelt are quite funny and the kids have capitalized on the positivity and the humor.”
Sophomore Sarah Inman takes the lead of the orphan girl determined to find her parents, Annie. She said the ability of each cast member to identify with their characters brings energy on stage.
“I think our cast and directors have a lot of heart and spirit,” Inman said. “In each of our characters, there’s a little piece of us inside them and I think we do a good job of portraying that to the audience.”
Senior Justice Kraft plays Rooster. He said having an opportunity to play in something people know and love made him proud.
“I think it’s a classic,” Kraft said. “When you get a chance to do something you’ve grown up with, that’s exciting. But what’s even more exciting is that the directors are just as excited as we are.”
Senior Brooke Skaggs said playing Ms. Hannigan, the alcoholic headmaster of the orphanage, gave her the chance to really step outside of herself.
“I get to be crazy and mean, and that’s new and exciting,” Skaggs said. “I always watched the show and how fun the role is, how I wanted to do that. It’s not something I really do on a normal basis.”
But Miller said another interesting aspect of the show is who produced all the props, designed the lighting and everything else seen on stage — the students.
“This is not done for them,” Miller said. “It’s done for the audience.
Senior Meagan Stephens is the stage manager. She said putting all the pieces together behind the scenes was a lot of fun for her.
“I love being backstage in general,” Stephens said. “The most exciting thing I guess is seeing everything come to life on stage. Besides the actors, without the stage pieces coming together, the actors wouldn’t have their own world to work in.”
Patrick Wagstaff, a junior playing Daddy Warbucks, said the cast has worked together on several shows, which brings a sense of cohesion amongst them.
“We just bring more motion and power with it,” Wagstaff said. “We’ve stuck around and been with each other for a while, and we just connect. That’s just how it is with us.”
Miller said while the show starts off with children in a tough spot, she thinks the overall impression given is how to come out of bad situations with a smile on your face.
“We had a talk early on about Annie’s outlook on life, that despite all the problems in her life, she remains positive,” Miller said. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, I think they’ve had fun with the positivity.”
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
Pre-show entertainment begins 15 minutes before curtain call.
Children, students, senior citizens: $5
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more.