The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.
Bursting on the stage with hope and vitality the musical Anne, consisting of two casts, won over the crowds’ heart. March 4th, the auditorium stage came alive with the student performances.
During the months of rehearsals leading up to the performance, the director Mrs. Landrum’s father passed away from significant spontaneous brain bleed on December 16.
Her father, Mr. Robert Hill was a longtime supporter of all the drama performances since 1985, sitting in same house seat for 35 years. He helped with running errands throughout the drama season. Joining together, the cast dedicated the entire production in his memory.
“His passing affected the show greatly and made us want to try harder for it to be the best show for Mrs. Landrum,” Cloud said.
The play had double casts, which means that the leading roles had two actors/actresses to alternate shows. The pairs, called a double, would go to each performance to help each other with costume changes or anything else they needed. They would also be there for when one got hurt and the double needed to step in.
Annie: Julia Gunther; Delaney Horton
Mrs. Greer: Grace Valentine
Miss Hannigan: Marissa Flores; Alyssa Hill
Cecille: Madi Owens
Molly: Analisa Wilson; Deliah Martinez
Annette: Madi Howe
Pepper: Hope Williams
Bert Healy: Landon Simms; Ethan Spotts
Tessie: Breonna Brannon
Fred McCracken: Landon Simms; Ethan Spotts
Duffy: Kylie Weldon
Bonnie Boylan: Ann Shackleton
Kate: Riley Ng
Connie Boylan: Aurian Early
July: Sophie Rodgers
Ronnie Boylan: Brooklyn Early
Mr. Bundles: Casey Harper; Christopher Sollenberger
Radio Sound Man: Lathan Jefferies: Meli Salcido
Apple Seller: Breyden Irvin
Radio Producer: Brylea Cloud; Madeline Nesiba
Dog Catcher #1: Quentin Hartzell
President Roosevelt: Hayden Riley
Dog Catcher #2: Mary Fayfitch
Perkins: Janet Phomphiphack
Lt. Ward: Hayden Riley
Hull: Tristen Seide
Sophie the Kettle: Kennadee Rader
Morgenthau: Jase Phomphiphack
Grace Ferrell: Brylea Cloud; Madeline Nesiba
Ickes: Nate Schoolcraft
Rooster: Lathan Jefferies; Meli Salcido
Howe: Ethan Pham
Lily St. Regis: Aaliyah Shearer; Kate Wenger
Justice Brandeis: Ethan Spotts
Mr. Warbucks: Cayce Harper; Christopher Sollenberger
Stray Dog #1: Burton Guster
Star to Be: Halle Campbell
Stray Dog #2: Lady
Drake: Jackson Branum
Stray Dog #3: Sandy
Mrs. Pugh: Faith Tames
Both casts would rehearse and take notes to improve their performance. When one cast was performing during a rehearsal, the other cast would take notes. They helped each other out to perform at their best.
Once they got started on casting and rehearsals, everyone felt the pressure of improving from their previous musical. Everyone that contributed spent their nights after school until sun-down to perfect their performance.
“There were many times of tears and frustration but hard work and encouragement from everyone really was helpful,” Gunter said.
After 99.5 hours of rehearsals, hours upon hours after school over a series of 4 months, the show was ready to take the stage.
“My favorite part was the final scene, which was done extremely well,” sophomore Hailey Carroll said after attending the school performance. The cast had a blast performing and bringing the classic story to life for the audience. “I was so impressed with the quality of the acting, sets, and the vocals,” audience attendant, Julie Schofield, said. “It was not what you expect when going to a high school performance.”
Annie is the story of an orphan that finds a home with Daddy Warbucks. This musical found a home in the history of Westmoore drama department performances filled with optimism and hope. Two things all students need as they graduate.