First musical in a decade at Moreno School
by Sarah Taylor
May 08, 2010 | 1209 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Seventh graders Maricella Gonzales (left) and Sydnie Maguire, who play the appleseller and Annie, respectively, rehearse a scene for their performance of Annie Jr. May 14 at Moreno Middle School.
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Seventh- and eighth- grade choir members at Moreno Middle School are participating in the school’s first musical production in 10 years.

The show, “Annie Jr.,” is the same one the choir presented previously. It is an abridged version of the longer musical, “Annie,” which tells the story of an orphan girl who wants to escape the orphanage and evil Miss Hannigan by finding her parents.

“Annie Jr.” is shortened into one act but keeps the basic story and many of the favorite songs, including “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

The cast members are connecting with the story’s theme.

“I like that Annie actually gets her wish,” said Jurnee Cano, who plays Sandy, the dog. “She wants to find her parents, and she gets adopted by a millionaire.”

The cast agreed that audiences can expect to have a great time at a comedic performance.

“People will get to laugh, and the songs are cool and fun,” said Destanie Ortega, who plays an orphan.

The star of the show, Sydnie Maguire, who plays Annie, has also appeared in community theatre productions including “The Sound of Music,” “Dracula Baby” and most recently, “Oklahoma!”. She discussed the hard work that must be put into such a big performance.

“It’s always hard being able to memorize all the lines and get the songs down,” Maguire said. “It’s also stressful dealing with things going wrong. But the performance is always worth it.”

“Annie Jr.” is directed by Carolyn Heizer, MMS choir director. The entire community is invited to the performance, which will be Friday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The show is free to the public.

Sarah Taylor is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 122, or at
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