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Sun Valley Elementary Presents Annie a Musical Theater

Fourth grade student Isis West, who plays Annie, poses with third grade student Landon Cable, who plays the family dog.

Sun Valley Elementary students are excited about their musical theater production: Annie as directed by the school’s music teacher Rebecca Vickers. Rehearsals began several months ago as students auditioned for parts in the school’s play.

Since posting photos of the event on the school’s Facebook account, parents and friends of Sun Valley Elementary School have eagerly awaited the big event days on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 PM.

Fourth grader Isis West in Michelle Devens’ fourth grade class and Sally Petoskey’s AIG class plays the main role as Annie. It is the second musical she has participated in at SVES. West’s musical debut began last year when she played in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the role of Charlie’s bedridden mother. She quickly learned that having the lead role in Annie would take a lot of time.

West said, “The most most fun part is the whole experience.” When asked if she would do it again, West quickly replied, "Oh, yes!” West also wants to encourage all students that feel led to perform to try out. You never know, you just might be in a leading role.

Third grade student Isabella Palombo in Nicole Karns’s class said, “I play a street performer along with three other girls. It is fun coming to rehearsal especially in costume.” She went on to say that there can be a lot of stage props behind the curtains that parents cannot see during the program and you might get “squished” if you are not paying attention to where you are going.

Third grade student Alexa Parisi, also in Nicole Karns's third grade class, said, “I am an orphan girl in the play. Singing ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’ is super fun!” When describing rehearsals, Parisi said, “You’re never fully dressed unless you are wearing a smile.” Parisi went on to say that she was excited that she accomplished her goal of being in the play and that people will be amazed Friday and Saturday when the children perform.

Fifth grade student Mackenzie Fey in Lori Robinette’s class plays the private secretary of Oliver Warbucks. Fey said, “The play has been very fun acting out and singing. Kids should try out for plays because, it will be a fun experience.”

Written by: Kevin Vickers
Posted: Feb 25, 2014 by Kevin Vickers

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