Weekly Feature



2018-03-08 / Education

‘Annie’ comes to Orchard Park High School March 15-18

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter


Megan Munro, left, as Grace Farrell; Emily Eneix, as Annie; and Ryan Storto, as Oliver Warbucks, rehearse a scene in the Broadway musical “Annie,” which will be presented from Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18, at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park. 
Photo by Chuck Skipper Megan Munro, left, as Grace Farrell; Emily Eneix, as Annie; and Ryan Storto, as Oliver Warbucks, rehearse a scene in the Broadway musical “Annie,” which will be presented from Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18, at Orchard Park High School, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park. Photo by Chuck Skipper The Orchard Park High School Drama Club will be performing the musical “Annie” from Thursday, March 15, through Sunday, March 18, at the high school, 4040 Baker Road, Orchard Park.

Based on the popular comic strip that premiered in the New York Daily News in 1924, “Annie” is about an orphan who is determined to find the parents who left her at the orphanage years ago.

Though things don’t quite work out that way, she does manage to foil the plans of the evil Ms. Hannigan and find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell and her dog, Sandy.

Musical director Maria Szczepanik talked about how important it is to have an experienced group of students leading the way in this year’s musical.

“All of my leads are veterans, so that part has been easy since I know them so well and they are used to my style,” Szczepanik said. “We have great camaraderie, and I’m really going to miss this senior class.”

Among the cast, pit and crew, there are about 85 students involved with this musical. Senior Ben Black, who plays Rooster Hannigan, is one of them.

“Coming into high school, I had no theater background at all, and I had Mrs. Szczepanik for music theory my freshman year so it was me and eight upper-class girls,” Black said. “Needless to say, I was convinced to join the musical, and it has been amazing to be involved for the last four years.”

Senior Emma Tryon, who will portray Ms. Hannigan, reflected on her time participating in the annual Orchard Park musical.

“I didn’t even know theater was going to be a part of my life when I came into high school, but looking back on it, this has completely changed my life for the bett er,” Tryon said.

Just like Tryon and Black, Phoebe Herreid is a senior who has been involved with Orchard Park musicals for all four years in high school. Herreid is the assistant director as well as Pepper and an orphan.

“I’m really going to miss the familiarity with this group,” Herreid said. “Growing up around the same people, you start to know how everyone works on stage and you know exactly what they are going to do.”

Tickets for the production are available by calling 209-6214 or by visiting the Baker Road foyer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. According to Szczepanik, tickets are selling fast and she expects that most shows will sell out.

Shows will take place at 7 p.m. from Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18. To learn more, visit the district website, www.op schools.org.

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