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PCMS students are ready to perform Annie Jr. April 19-20, including (front row l-r) Bradlie Tomko as Annie, Ben Venus as FDR, Summit Evans as Warbucks (back row l-r) James Thurston as Drake, Conner Lister as Louise Howell and Anna Grace Holmes as Grace.

PCMS to perform Annie Jr. at Pike Auditorium April 19-20

Pike County Middle School will present Annie Jr. with performances set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

“These kids  are committed leaders and multi-talented! They have balanced practicing for this play along with their other commitments which include spring sports, gymnastics, private music and dance lessons. I am so blessed to have a team of volunteers to pull this play together. We have all overcome obstacles including sicknesses, weather, schedules and a birth. Just as with the story line, we look forward to the hope that comes with knowing ‘Tomorrow is Only A Day Away.’ I am so excited to see them shine on stage!”

Annie Jr. tells the story of a young orphan in the 1930s who dreams of leaving the New York City orphanage where she lives under the control of the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plans, befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The cast for the show includes music director Mrs. Taylor Martin, student director Elizabeth Anderson, stage managers Aubree McLendon and Jordan Eidson, choreographers Eryn Byrom and Sarahanne Jones, Bradlie Tomko as Annie, Summit Evans as Warbucks, Anna Grace Holmes as Grace Ferrell, Riley Thurston as Drake, Audrey Hanson as Miss Hannigan, Liam Potter as Rooster, Annie Brock as Lily, June Brannon as Molly, Kennedy Cato as Kate, Lyla Bishop as Tessie, Liyah Premo as Pepper, Rachel Bishop as July, Gracie Mills as Duffy, Makayla Miller as Mrs. Greer, Addison Toney as Mrs. Pugh, Layla Garrett as Cecille, Ollie Booker as Annette, Conner Lister as Bundles, Lexi Bunn and Libby Stonica as Stars to Be, Addison Toney as an apple seller, Abby Williams as a dog catcher, Cooper Daniel as Officer Ward, Aliza Riceman as a cop, James Thurston as Bert Healy, Lexi Bunn and Libby Stonica as the Boylan sisters, Carleigh Jones on sound effects, Ben Venus as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Conner Lister as Louise Howel, McKinley Johns as a NYC window person, Savannah Kerlin as usherette and Carleigh Jones as announcer.

The Orphan Ensemble includes Libby Stonica, Abby Williams, Layla Garrett, McKinley Johns, Carleigh Jones, Madeline Hagelthorn, Elizabeth Cooper, Makayla Miller, Addison Toney, Aliza Riceman, Savannah Kerlin, Clara Carney, Ryleigh Britt and Addison Booker.

The Warbuck’s Servants ensemble includes McKinley Johns, Carleigh Jones, Madeline Hagelthorn, Elizabeth Cooper, Makayla Miller, Addison Toney, Aliza Riceman, Savannah Kerlin and Clara Carney.
The stage crew includes Emma Brown, Ashli McMichael, Tybee Elzey, Ashlee Rogers, Emilee Chambers, Olivia Bowden, Bristol Brooks, Elly Floyd and Gabbi Thompson.

Noah Hunsucker is in charge of sound. Christopher Gilby is in charge of lights and John Gilby and Cole Banks are in charge of tech.

The cost for the local performances are $12 for adults and $6 for students.

Annie Jr. is based on the book by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strause and lyrics by Martin Charmin.

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