Drama Club Performs Kids Rendition of Musical “Annie”

STCPS Students Dazzle Audience in Touching Performance

On Thursday, March 15, Saint Columbkille Partnership School Drama Club students performed “Annie Kids” for friends, family and the community. Director and Pre-K teacher Anne Krane and her drama students, grades 4 – 8, spent countless hours since late October to memorize their lines, learn their dances, practice their music and perfect their characters.

The show integrated the Art Club for set design with Ms. Connolly and extra support from Co-Director, Props & Costume Manager and K1 Paraprofessional Ms. Schafer. The students brought in most costumes and props themselves.

Sophie Minihane, a grade 5 student with great leadership and energy for the entire cast, played Annie. Gabe Caxoeiro, grade 5, made the audience laugh and cry with his sweet portrayal of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Geovana Santos, grade 5, played the smart and sassy Grace Farrell with a spot-on dry and witty delivery. Danielle Lionel, Sadira Forcucci and Sofia Guarino, grades 6, 5 and 6, respectively, made up the hilarious trio of Miss Hannigan, Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis who were captivatingly evil and energized the audience with their amazing singing and dancing. Jillian Healy, grade 6, stunned the audience with her sweet voice as the NYC soloist.

“I have loved watching these students grow together as a cast,” says Ms. Krane. “They are so impressed with each other and they love to let their lights shine! I’m so lucky to get to work with these wonderful children!”

Ms. Krane decided to perform the play “Annie Kids” this year because many of the students are fans of the upbeat, funny music and the classic movie.  And with the growing discord, violence, and conflict in the country, “Annie” can be a reminder that positivity and resilience.

“Personally, I chose this show because Annie has a beautiful message of hopefulness in a time of national unrest,” says Krane. “It tells the story of a child who has seen a lot of hardship, in a country that has stacked the chips against her, but she never stops being positive and confident that ‘the sun will come out tomorrow.’”