"Annie" is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
There have been many additional renditions throughout the years, and now among the most recent, the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy Drama Club’s theatrical performance in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
St. Stan’s Drama Club, run by Mrs. Frances Zito and Miss Helen Kazes and consisting of fifth through eighth graders, debuted their version of "Annie" this past weekend in their school auditorium. Opening night on Friday, June 3 followed shortly by closing night on Saturday, June 3, were both a great success.
This year is the third one for the Drama Club. Kazes, a fifth grade teacher, ran the club solo for a year before Zito, a fourth grade teacher, intervened and the two joined forces.
Last year the Drama Club did The Beauty and the Beast. Year before they prepared The King and I. Both were wonderfully received.
The students started rehearsing at the start of the year, meeting every week for an hour and a half to two hours until the holiday break in December. The Drama Club members span the gamut in age, but when it came time for casting, there was no hierarchy. The parts were assigned according to who was most fit for each role.