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September 24, 2018

‘Leapin’ Lizards!’ Quirk’s Players to Stage Annie


Quirk’s Players of Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School will proudly present the classic Broadway musical Annie on March 8 - 10. In the first row (from left): Jaya Whitehead, who shares the title role of Annie; Alex Blaine, who will portray Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks; and Harper Ells, who also shares the role of Annie. In the second row (from left): Kaylee Foster, who will appear as Grace Farrell; Michael Zarichny, who will be Bert Healy; Alexis Phelps, who will perform as Miss Hannigan; Alfred Arduini, who will be President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and Nicholas Brown, who will assume the role of Rooster Hannigan.

Quirk’s Players of Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School will proudly present the classic Broadway musical Annie on March 8 – 10. In the first row (from left): Jaya Whitehead, who shares the title role of Annie; Alex Blaine, who will portray Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks; and Harper Ells, who also shares the role of Annie. In the second row (from left): Kaylee Foster, who will appear as Grace Farrell; Michael Zarichny, who will be Bert Healy; Alexis Phelps, who will perform as Miss Hannigan; Alfred Arduini, who will be President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and Nicholas Brown, who will assume the role of Rooster Hannigan.

FULTON – Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School is proud to announce that it will present Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s classic Broadway musical Annie.

Performances are scheduled for March 8, 9 and 10 in the Bodley auditorium.

Curtain time is set for 7:30 each evening.

Additionally there will be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 10.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, the Broadway production of Annie opened at the Alvin Theatre in New York City on April 21, 1977, and ran for almost six years.

It quickly became an audience favorite and garnered several TONY Awards during the 1977 season including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design.

Appearing in the cast of Quirk’s Players’ upcoming production of Annie are several girls from each of Fulton’s four elementary schools. These young ladies will appear as orphans and friends of the energetic and positive young Annie. In the first row (from left): Katharine Demars and Ava Greeney. In the second row (from left): Cassie Clarke, Madelyn Sands and Geena Abbott. In the third row (from left): Ella Halladay, Hailey Jenkins, Adyson Shepard, Grady Marshall and Sarah Patrick.

Appearing in the cast of Quirk’s Players’ upcoming production of Annie are several girls from each of Fulton’s four elementary schools. These young ladies will appear as orphans and friends of the energetic and positive young Annie. In the first row (from left): Katharine Demars and Ava Greeney. In the second row (from left): Cassie Clarke, Madelyn Sands and Geena Abbott. In the third row (from left): Ella Halladay, Hailey Jenkins, Adyson Shepard, Grady Marshall and Sarah Patrick.

Since its original run, Annie has toured throughout the United States, had a successful run in London’s West End, has held two noteworthy revivals on Broadway, has had three movie versions made and has been produced by countless school and regional/community theatre troupes throughout the United States.

It has entertained audiences for more than 40 years and continues to be an audience favorite.

Set in New York City during the 1930s, Annie tells the story of an 11-year-old orphaned girl who longs to find her real parents.

She escapes from the confines of her orphanage and its evil director, Miss Hannigan, to venture into the city and search for her parents.

Young Annie braves the Great Depression and encounters many people along her way including residents of a makeshift Hooverville, billionaire Oliver Warbucks and even President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt.

All are amazed at the energy and positivity that young Annie brings with her.

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan, Annie features a beautiful score that includes such notable Broadway classics as “Maybe,” “It’s The Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” “N.Y.C.,” “East Street,” “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “A New Deal for Christmas” and “Tomorrow” to name a few.

In GRB’s production of Annie, the role of the loveable young red-headed orphan Annie will be shared by Harper Ells, a sixth grader at Granby Elementary School and Jaya Whitehead, a sixth grader at Volney Elementary School.

Starring in GRB’s musical this year is Alex Blaine as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks and Kaylee Foster as Grace Farrell.

Senior Alexis Phelps will appear as the cold-hearted orphanage director Miss Hannigan.

GRB juniors Nicholas Brown and Sarah Fisch will portray Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis, respectively.

Senior Alfred Arduini will be President Franklin D. Roosevelt and senior Michael Zarichny will play Bert Healy.

Members of the ensemble will appear as citizens of New York City, servants at the Warbucks Mansion, Hooverville residents, members of President Roosevelt’s cabinet as well as other small character roles.

The ensemble includes Ethan Abelgore, Kaley Allen, Justin Atwater, Donald Austin, Alexis Barth, Selene Belrad, McKenna Bourgeois, Kelsey Caza, Shaylee Cealie, Noah Cordone, Vita Dean, Andrew Dedich, Marcus Doran, Babette Dunham, Julie Duval, Anthony Galletta, Lauren Goss, Olivia Hawthorne, Jessica Herlowski, Mary Jerred, Haiden Johnson, Leah Kingsbury, Rose LaDue, Tyler LaDue, Jessica LaPage, Sutter Lewin, Arthur Lincoln, Griffin Marriner, Samantha McRae, Emily Sohoski, Chris Tetro, Gabby Tomarchio, Wesley VanBuren, Hayley Vann, Ethan Weaver, Kira Whitehead, Karina Whitten, Madison Wilson and Ronde Wood.

Featured as orphans are students from each of the four elementary schools in Fulton: Geena Abbott, Cassie Clarke, Katharine Demars, Ava Greeney, Ella Halladay, Hailey Jenkins, Grady Marshall, Sarah Patrick, Madelyn Sands and Adyson Shepoard.

Quirk’s Players’ production of Annie is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School and faculty advisor to Quirk’s Players.

Thomas Nami, a member of the GRB music department, is music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.

Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will serve as technical director/stage manager.

Dances are being choreographed by Doreen Forbes, a teacher at James R. Fairgrieve Elementary School.

Costumes are being designed by Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes.

Karen Procopio will coordinate/design wigs and hair pieces for the production.

Natalie Lewin will oversee props.

Quirk’s Players is the student theatre troupe at G. Ray Bodley High School.

Named in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the organization presents two main productions a year and participates in at least one annual high school drama festival.

Most recently, Quirk’s Players presented the entertaining Broadway musical The Addams Family last spring and the moving play Almost, Maine this past fall.

For more information about Quirk’s Players, its history and upcoming production of Annie, visit www.quirksplayers.com

2 Responses “‘Leapin’ Lizards!’ Quirk’s Players to Stage Annie”

  1. Bob Weston
    January 16, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    The Quirk Players continue to

  2. Bob Weston
    January 16, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Oops be providing our community with outstanding productions with our extremely talented young people.

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