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Aspiring AHS actors prepare for opening of 'Annie' in two weeks

Friday, October 26, 2001

The world-famous musical, "Annie" debuted 24 years ago to rave reviews from critics.

In two weeks, Alta High School students hope to receive rave reviews from their own version of the production.

Over 50 students have roles ranging from singing solos to helping move props, and final preparations are being made for the premiere of their play two weeks from Friday.

"Annie" will run Fri., Nov. 9 and Sat., Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 11., with all shows taking place at the Roxy Theater in Alta.

Open auditions for the musical were held Sept. 10 and 11, and the production was not limited to just those who sing in the school's chorus, as all AHS students were invited to play a role in the musical.

Director Karen Rogers said it was one of her primary objectives to try to have a large number of pupils participate in the production.

"The goal was to involve as many students as possible in this," Rogers said, "and choosing "Annie" gave us an opportunity to have a large number of students be in the cast. Even if the students didn't get a speaking role, everybody who wanted to be a part of the play was included in the chorus. That's a big goal for us. We wanted to have a large number of students be a part of this."

Rogers, who came to Alta three years ago, began early work on the play back in the middle of July, as she selected "Annie" over several other musicals for the 2001 version of the annual school play.

She said she chose the famous musical in large part due to the overall excellence of the songs which are spread throughout the play, including "Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard Knock Life."

"'Annie' has great music that goes beyond 'Tomorrow', which is probably a song everyone knows," Rogers said. "The music throughout the entire play is just wonderful. It has music that is pleasing to everyone."

Rehearsals for "Annie" began in earnest on Sept. 17, with many of the Roxy Theater practices taking place at 6:45 in the morning.

Rogers said the high attendance at the early morning practices reflected the good work ethic of the cast members, as "Annie" is just one of many activities many of the students participate in throughout the day.

"It really shows the dedication of the students and how much they've invested in this," Rogers said. "Many of these students are going from 6 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m. at night, so I've been very happy with how things have gone. They've really done a lot with this so far."

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