Check out production photos and reflections—both playful and poignant—from our student leaders and performers.
–Mavelyn Cruz, 7th Grade Performer (“Lily St. Regis”)
|Annie and Sandy sing "Tomorrow" together!|
|Warbucks talks to the president as Grace takes notes|
|Annie sings to the orphans|
--Shaquasia Harvey, 11th Grade Academy Leader (Lead Props Designer, Assistant Director)
|"I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here!"|
|Annie reluctantly packs her suitcases|
--Ilana Garcia, 11th Grade Academy Leader (Assistant Director, Set Crew)
|"You Won't Be an Orphan For Long"|
"Costumes can be kind of a lonely job. At first I was in a bad mood the day of opening night, feeling cut-off from the other crew members who were working in bigger teams. At one point I actually crawled into the big laundry bin just to try to get a moment to myself. Jamej found me there and closed the heavy cover, joking with me that I was stuck there until my mood abated. Suddenly the cover shot open and Kadeem and Chris started tickling me. They didn't even ask what was wrong, they just collectively tried to make me feel bertter. It made me see those two in a different light and helped bring me back into a happy frame of mind."
--Ashley Lancaster, 12th Grade Academy Leader (Lead Costume Designer)
|Miss Hannigan wows the crowd with "Little Girls"|
|The whole cast celebrates Annie's adoption|
"When we first started rehearsing 'Easy Street,' Fatoumata, Wilmer and Mavelyn despised the song to the point of refusing to practice it. I told them on the day of opening night that we didn't have to run it and my reverse psychology worked: suddenly they decided they desperately wanted to rehearse it. They worked solidly for hours. I was proud to watch them perform on opening night with so much love and energy for the song."
--Norberto Troncoso, 12th Grade Academy Leader (Assistant Director)
|Manuela and the ensemble dazzle in "NYC"|
My favorite moment from yesterday was at the end of the show when all the student leaders came out on stage and sang 'Tomorrow' with the cast members. The audience members were singing along and I was so glad that everything had worked out so well. Then I looked out into the front row and saw a dad crying. I was moved because they were tears of joy and happiness. My feeling of accomplishment at that moment was overwhelming."
--Edison Hines, 11th grade Academy Leader (Assistant Director, Assistant Props Designer)
|"The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow"|