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MARION CENTER: Students work hard to get ready for musical

by JAKEB RISING, Gazette Student News Reporter on March 08, 2013 11:00 AM

MARION CENTER — Over the past two months, students and faculty have been working hard preparing for the musical performance of “Annie.” Starting next week, showings will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at Marion Center High School in the Keith R. Bloom auditorium.

Tickets are $7, available in advance or at the door, with seating reservations on a first-come, first-served basis.

 The leading actors and actresses in this year’s musical production include Mackenzie Lucas as Annie, John Michael Lucas as “Daddy” Warbucks, Afton Herring as Miss Hannigan, Richelle Gemmell as Grace Farrell, Jacob Cogley as Rooster and Julia Snickles as Lily.

Along with the hard work of the cast, much effort was put into organizing the musical. Credit for leading the crew goes to Laura Kubica, director; Jenna Rado, choreographer and assistant director; Chellise Allocco, vocal director and pit conductor; Jon Stolarz, scenic designer; Tom Betts, sound manager; Cathy Paterson, publicity manager; Sandy Martin, ticket sales coordinator; and Krista Shellhammer, student director. Kubica is looking forward to the hard work of the cast and crew paying off.

Despite many challenges, everyone involved is looking forward to putting on the play next week. One of the biggest challenges faced so far has been coordinating schedules, juggling rehearsal times with music festivals, spring sports and a band trip to Disney World.

Also, Betts’ golden retriever (Annie) of 8ᄑ years, who was to play the part of Sandy and had already been to three rehearsals, passed away unexpectedly. 

Fortunately, however, there will be a Sandy in the show thanks to Darlene Graham and her dog, Koda.

 This year’s production of “Annie” will be Kubica’s 11th annual theater production. She chose “Annie” as the musical this year because not only is it a good family show, but also because of the large group of talented young girls there is this year.

Betts feels that “Annie” was a wonderful choice for the musical this year, as it enables the integrating of younger students into the theater program more so than other plays. This is a great step forward in incorporating grades seven and eight (which became a part of the high school only two years ago) with the rest of the of the high school.

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