Leadville News – January 29

School’s “Annie” on Stage Feb 22-25  

The Lake County High School’s Performing Arts Department announced today that their production of the Classic Broadway hit “Annie” will be presented February 22-25 in the high school’s performing arts center.

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The stage is set for the next Lake County High School musical production, “Annie” to be presented February 22-25 under Artistic Director Scott Carroll, pictured here. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

“I am so excited that we are able to bring the entire district together to create theatrical magic,” stated Artistic Director Scott Carroll, whose musical experience and expertise has brought live-theater expectations to a heighten level in recent years.

And fortunately, Carroll knows how to deliver the goods. Not only have his productions led to sold-out audiences, but more importantly, the educational opportunity for students to learn more about theater than just the final curtain call, has become a shining star of success for the local school district.

From lighting to props to costume design, these LCHS presentations have given students at all grade levels the opportunity to put practical classroom instruction into real-world experience that can not only create solid footholds for their academic resumes, but also keep community audiences coming back for more. And in the world of school-plays, that ain’t easy to do!

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Last year’s “Little Shop of Horrors” production had parents and community theater-lovers singing high praises. Photo: Leadville Today/Brennan Ruegg.

 “All of these performers range in grades K-12 and have worked extremely hard,” touted Carroll. “We are excited to present their work to the community of Leadville. Don’t miss this special and heartwarming musical!”

For those unfamiliar with the musical, “Annie” is based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, and has become a worldwide phenomenon, winning seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by award-winning writers and composers feature some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

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.

While the cast of “Annie” characters has unfolded countless times in big and small productions across the country, it’s always the home-town actors and actresses who make a stage, a home.  And the same holds true in Leadville Today. Local fans will see the return of some of their favorite thespians, including Bailey Sprague and Jude Hill (Annie), Alex Guzman (Warbucks), and Moriah Perkins (Grace) who will take the leads, backed-up by a range of other familiar faces, like the singing and dancing orphans played by Leadville students ranging in age from kindergarten to seventh grade.

Along the way of reviving the “Encore” in Leadville, Carroll has also established a multitude of creative collaborations, among them beloved piano teacher Donna Schaefer who will serve as the Associate Musical Director.

Of course, productions like these don’t just happen, without a cast of Daddy Warbucks understudies. And fortunately Carroll’s reputation has now acquired its own list of community investors: some show up with stage make-up; others with the checkbook. Regardless, there are no small parts, and it all culminates into a final presentation worthy of The Magic City. Plan on coming and seeing it for yourself. But don’t wait too long to claim your seat.

Tickets for the entire run of the production are currently on sale by calling 719-486-6950 or online HERE.  Adult tickets are $12 and student, senior tickets are $10, and child/student tickets are $8. Ticket prices will be $2 more at the door.

“We invite you to come to one of the biggest gems musical theatre has to offer,” Carroll says. #BreakALeg.

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A favorite among music students and Leadville-theater lovers, Donna Schaefer will return as Annie’s Associate Musical Director.

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