REL Theatre Dept. presents ‘Annie’ tonight

REL theater students, from left, Chasity Washington as Annie, Armando Herrera as Warbucks and his secretary Grace, played by Melissa Del Rio, listen as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, played by Javier Morfin, assisted by his aide Hull, played by Nayeli Favela, shares his plan to help find Annie’s parents in “Annie” at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the auditorium.

Leapin’ lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine Annie takes center stage at Robert E. Lee High School as the last performance of one of the world’s best-loved musicals is presented at 6:30 p.m. TONIGHT in the Lee High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 per person.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage. 

Annie is the perfect family friendly musical. Annie is marvelously played by veteran signer Chasity Washington. Her orphan friends include Molly played by Carmen Martinez, Pepper played by Mia Russell, Duffy played by Yadira Rodriguez, July played by Dayna Steyn, Tessie played by Marissa Balboa and Kate played by Kimberley Murillo.

Annie’s nemesis, Miss Hannigan is played by Angie Galvez along with her scheming brother Rooster played by Gabriel De La Garza and his girlfriend, Lily played by Cynthia Gonzalez.

Annie’s is rescued by billionaire tycoon Oliver Warbucks played by Armando Herrera and his loving secretary, Grace Farrell is played by Melissa Del Rio. Warbuck’s staff is rounded off by his trusted butler Drake; Trevaun Fanus, Mrs. Greer; McKinlee Brady, Mrs. Pugh; Haley Brinkman, Cecille; Noni Mitchell-Simon, Annette; Caitlynn Snelson and Servant; Stacy Zavalija.

Annie’s friends in Hooverville include Mr. Bundles; Gabe Pratt, the Apple Seller; Heaven Clark, Eddie; Alicia Torres, Sophie; McKinlee Brady, and townspeople Stacy Zavalija,, Haley Brinkman, Caitlynn Snelson, Cynthia Gonzalez, Kristin Spence and Noni Mitchell-Simon.

Annie’s friendship with the dog Sandy played by Sandy is tried to be curtailed by assistant Dog Catcher; Nayeli Favela, Dog Catcher; Brittney Hogan and Lt. Ward; Sydney Wade.

Warbucks even goes on the radio to find Annie’s real parents and we meet stars Bert Healy; Jose Avalos, Fred McCraken & Wacky; Anthony Manliguez, Boylan Sisters-Ronnie; McKinlee Brady, Bonnie; Kristin Spence and Connie; Cynthia Gonzalez.

Warbucks is so determined to find Annie’s parents that he enlists the help of the President of the United States, President Roosevelt; Javier Morfin and his cabinet Kaltenborn; Anthony Manliguez, Ickes; Haley Brinkman, Perkins; Heaven Clark, Hull; Stacy Zavalija, Morganthau; Brittney Hogan, Howe; Nayeli Favela and Judge Brandeis; Alicia Torres.

The Lee audience is also honored by the performances of Goose Creek elementary and junior school students including orphans Stella Barrow, Kayla Collins, Kylie Eaglin, Amaya Jackson, Carmyn Jackson, Samantha Magnum, Jalicianna Marino, Allegra McCallum, Dannavan Phillip, Anayeli Rawson, Mackinzie Reynolds, Eisley Russell, Gabriella Russell, Trini Russell, Anabell Salinas and Marlex Ward. Elementary and junior school townspeople are Tara Archibald, Marisol Diaz, Koby Eaglin, Cooper Ellis, Cooper Moore, Lucas Moore. Elementary and junior school servants include Alejandro Aguirre, Hillcrest Charles, Jasmine Espinosa, Javin Gallow, Cody Henderson, Addison Juarez, Cullen Mangum, Michael McDonough, London Merling, Christian Pages, Nicholas Quinones and Waylon Wells.

Also, the Lee Technical Running Crew members are stage manager Elvira Garcia, lights Riley Magray, sound Juan Mata, backdrops Pedro Valdez, and stage crew Celest Bejarano, Devyn Burris, Rafael Chavez, Kimberly Duhon, Marc Hall, Julissa Hernandez, Leslie Hidalgo, Brayant Lopez, Donavan Pizarro, Larissa Ramos, and Axel Rodriguez. Crew Days Construction was assisted by the Technical Theatre Class.

The play is under the direction of Mrs. Rosemary Calico-Hopson.  

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