Lynn Strong, Reporter

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I recently had the opportunity to be part of East Noble Theater’s production of “Annie.” Twelve extremely talented 2nd to 7th grade girls tapped, belted, and convincingly portrayed the orphans, who were living a hard knock life. Everyone watching, including those backstage, couldn’t help but smile seeing them on stage. The TC Dancers also made a featured appearance, tapping a perfectly polished number during the song “NYC.” We were very lucky to have Rizzo, the loveable dog who starred as Sandy, be a part of this production. The star of the show, Annie (played by Gabrielle Schermerhorn,) did such an excellent job that we couldn’t believe this was her first ever theater performance. Rylan Crump starred as famed billionaire Oliver Warbucks alongside Sadie Coverstone’s lovely Grace Farrell. Mackenzie Slone played the alcoholic orphanage caretaker, Ms. Hannigan. Her two accomplices, Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis, played respectively by Ethan Kline and Sheridan Asher, accompanied her in singing and dancing to “Easy Street.” This number was performed exceptionally and was one of my favorites to watch from backstage.  The sets, designed by East Noble’s own theater tech classes, transformed the stage into the many different scenes. From the orphanage, to a homeless shantytown, to a mansion, and a radio station, the scenes breathed new life into the already spectacular show. The crew did a great job with lightning, flies, and making sure every transition ran smoothly.

Thank you so much to the community for all the support! Be sure to watch the winter play, “Almost Maine,” on February 14, 15, and 17 and the spring musical, “Mamma Mia,” on May 2nd, 4th, and 5th. We can’t wait to see you there!