The winter stage presentation at Franklin High, on the Marshall Campus this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - Rehearsing for the upcoming musical Annie - FHS student actors Kristina Strommer (as Grace Farrell the secretary), Mica Hastings (who plays Annie), and Kieran Andrews (playing Oliver Daddy Warbucks) stroll the streets of New York City. Opening in the second week in March, and playing for two weekends, the "Franklin High School (FHS) at Marshall Campus" Theater Department presents the hit musical "Annie".

This Broadway musical, based on the classic Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", originally opened in 1977, and ran for nearly six record-setting years.

"We chose it because we wanted to do a family-friendly presentation this year," commented FHS Theater Director Josh Forsyth at a rehearsal. "'Annie' is a classic musical with which lots of families have grown up. It's a great show with really wonderful, timeless songs such as 'Tomorrow' and 'It's the Hard Knock Life', colorful costumes, and action we believe people will enjoy coming to see – bringing their kids."

In addition to the singing and dance routines, the Franklin High production will feature Annie's dog, Sandy, played by a therapy dog – in real life named Archie – who visits the high school regularly. "He's doing very well in rehearsal," grinned Forsythe.

In the story, an orphan named Annie is looking for parents. Through the course of the story, she meets new people, and ends up becoming the ward of Lieutenant General Sir Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, the richest person in New York City at the time, Forsythe said. Annie embodies the idea that even when things are tough, there is always a way that the "the sun will come out tomorrow".

The "Franklin High at Marshall Campus" stage will be filled with 38 actors, singers, and dancers, with the support of 25 theatrical technicians – and, for this show, accompanied by a 14-student live orchestra.

"Annie, The Musical" opens March 10 at 7 p.m., and continues evening performances on March 11 and 12, and the following weekend March 16, 17, 18. There's a special afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. on March 12.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets can be securely purchased online at the FHS website:; scroll down to the "Annie" poster, or directly at, or in person at the school.

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