Streamwood High School presents ‘Annie’

Streamwood High School’s Fine Arts Department will present “Annie” by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26 and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, in the school’s auditorium, 701 W. Schaumburg Road, in Streamwood.

Also, join for “Cookies with Annie and Warbucks” before the 11 a.m. performance at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, for only $2 a child.

The show is directed by Linnea Grooms, with vocal direction by Vinny Rivera and Pit Orchestra Director Max Mollenkamp.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations … and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his personal secretary, Grace Farrell.

Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical.

Behind the scenes is a tech crew of eight students, under the direction of auditorium manager and technical director, Emmalie Hall. The crew is designing and constructing the set, designing and controlling the lighting, organizing all of the props, and handling all of the sound engineering. Costumes are being designed by Ashley Santiago.

Jaylah C., a freshman playing Annie, says, “Annie, for me, is about hope and wanting the best in life. People need to come to see the optimism that Annie gives off.”

Ximena A., a senior who has participated in the Sabre Ensemble Theatre since her sophomore year, reflects on the importance of theater as an art form, “Theater is important. People are able to express themselves when they do theater. The expression they do in theater is different from other activities such as sports or STEM. The theater community is a caring and nonjudgmental community and these are the type of communities people need to be a part of.”

Tickets for these performances will be $8 dollars for students and $10 for a general admission seat and available for purchase at the door.

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