Fall Musical Fall Musical, Fall Musical Theatre · MWHS Theatre Presents ‘Annie’


By Lorrie Ham

Mound Westonka High School Theatre is proud to present optimistic family entertainment with the fall musical, “Annie.” Based on the popular stories of “Little Orphan Annie,” this popular musical is the winner of seven Tony Awards and is sure to warm your heart.

A plucky orphan girl is on a mission to find her parents in 1930s New York City, after being abandoned years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes and experiences adventure in The Big Apple, making friends with a billionaire, Franklin D. Roosevelt and a lovable dog, until finally finding her forever home. Depicting real-life situations of the Great Depression, Annie is guaranteed to win over everyone’s heart in this production.

Annie will be presented on Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for students in grades 5-12 and seniors, and $8 for kids through fourth grade. Tickets are on sale on the Westonka Performing Arts Center website, www.westonkapac.com.

MWHS sophomore Gray Paguyo will star in the lead role of Annie. Seniors in the cast include Conner Jones as Oliver Warbucks, Grace Prchal as Miss Hannigan, Giulia Rabello as Lily St. Regis/Star-to-Be, and Destiny Uttecht as Grace Farrell.

“Annie” is directed by Hannah Steblay, with assistant direction by Jamie Harms. Vocal direction is provided by Melissa Bray, with choreography by Tinia Moulder and music direction by Gretchen Chilson. Additional members of the production team include Jay Schueller, set design and technical director; Max Taggart, technical assistant; Robin McIntyre, scenic painter, and Kelly Newell, site supervisor for Performing Arts Center.

“I believe that ‘Annie’ is a show that has as much relevance in 2019 as when it was set in 1933, the need for optimism in our country, people’s need for a show that brings smiles and joy in a time when there are people suffering,” said Harms. “This production is the perfect holiday show, as it brings us back to thinking about what is important in our lives—hope, optimism, love and a good old-fashioned musical to make us laugh and enjoy life.”

All ticketing questions should be directed to Performing Arts Center Coordinator Kelly Newell, newellk@westonka.k12.mn.us or (952) 491-8264.

MWHS is excited to present this family friendly musical to the Westonka community, producing this show on the beautiful Westonka Performing Arts Center stage. [View the full cast list]