The Dow is falling, endowments are slipping away, and loans are on the point of extinction. You’re losing money, paying for it, in debt because of it, and just plain unhappy. Yet, we know that the sun will come out tomorrow. You want to know why? Because that spunky little girl from the Great Depression told us so! Yes, Annie is back to brighten our dismal days with her infinite optimism and charm in Dos Pueblos High School’s spring musical. This time around, the folks behind DPHS’s theater department have decided to double cast most of the primary roles, making this the school’s largest production to date. The two red-headed cuties leading the pack will put on nine shows at DPHS’s Charger Theater on March 13, 14, 19, and 21 at 7 p.m., March 20 at 6 p.m., and March 14, 15, and 21 at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $10.50 for students and $12.50 for adults. Call 968-2541 or visit dphs.org for tickets, and read on below for some Annie highlights.
1) A True Classic: Annie is one of those all-time classic Broadway shows with immortal tunes like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” The story follows a little orphan girl who longs to find her parents, but instead becomes caught up in the life and heart of the wealthy Warbucks. There’s even got your stereotypical bad guys-orphanage matron Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster, and his ditzy girlfriend Lily St. Regis-who plan to kidnap poor Annie from her posh digs. It’s your traditional, All-American, irresistible family musical.
2) Kids and Dogs: Nanda Douglas, a freshman at Dos Pueblos and one of the two Annies, recently told The Indy that this is definitely a production for “younger kids.” DPHS’s Annie even gives underclassmen a chance to shine. There will also be a full orchestra and not one, but two live dogs on hand to play Sandy, Annie’s faithful friend. “Theater people always say, ‘Never stage real dogs,'” laughed Director Clark Sayre. In other words, expect the unexpected.
3) Hope: When Sayre chose Annie for Dos Pueblos’ spring musical, it was a conscious choice meant to mirror today’s economically troubled times. Annie is set in the 1930s mid-Great Depression, and comes complete with a heroic FDR to provide Americans with hope in the direst of times. DP’s production intends to raise our hopes despite today’s synonymous circumstances-even if it is only until tomorrow.