Verrado High School to perform Annie
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday
WHERE: Verrado High School,
20050 W. Indian School Road, Buckeye
For those who missed Desert Edge’s rendition of the popular Broadway show Annie, there is a second chance to go see it at Verrado High School.
Verrado students will perform the famous musical at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.
The play is being directed by Tiffany James. Robert Vernier, the show’s producer at Verrado, said it is a good time to see the performance because of the holiday season.
“It’s a holiday themed show and it’s the holiday season,” Vernier said. “Christmas is right around the corner, so what better way to get the Christmas season started than by seeing the best Christmas present of all, which is Annie finding her family.”
He also said the musical can be very relatable to children.
“I think in a time like now, when so many of our kids are struggling with broken families, I think a lot of kids are going to relate to it,” he said. “At the end of the day, it is a happy ending, it will give them hope.”
For the lead part, 16-year-old sophomore Rileigh Frazer is playing Annie. This will be her first time performing.
She originally tried out for one of the orphans, but said she was “shocked” to find out her first time in a play will be as the lead.
“I was shocked when I got the role,” she said.
Rileigh said she relates a lot to her character in the sense that they are both very optimistic.
“I’m silly and bubbly all the time,” she said.
Kara Clark, 17-year-old senior, will play the part of Miss Hannigan. While her part is typically the villain of the play, Kara said she tries to show that her character isn’t all bad.
“I think that she is not all she is cracked up to be,” she said. “She doesn’t have a black heart. She is not evil at her core … she just kind of hates her life.”
Kara said she hopes to pursue acting in college and make it her career.
“[Theater] is truly what I love. I love being here every day. It makes me want to come to school, and it gives me — I guess — just a hope,” she said.
Fellow senior, 18-year-old Eddie Tellez Godinez described his feelings about the play as “bittersweet” because he knows this will be his last musical.
“It’s a lot of our last times performing in a musical,” he said. “We’re trying to make this the best show, not just for us, but for the audience so they can enjoy it.”
He is playing another lead role of Mr. Warbucks, the rich man who ends up adopting Annie.
The actor said his favorite part about portraying Warbucks is getting to play an older gentleman.
The show will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at Verrado High School, 20050 W. Indian School Road, Buckeye. Tickets cost $7.
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