Recently, students from Baldwin Middle School performed the stage adaptation of the classic story, Annie Jr.
“I went to the show and didn’t know what to expect. With middle school productions, you never know [how] it’s going to end up, but I had so much fun,” said
Tim Maher, principal of Baldwin Middle School.
“It was fun, it was talented, and unexpected roles popped up and kind of stole the show at different times. It was really a delight, and the audience had such a great time. It was one of my favorite shows.”
The production was originally set to premiere Friday, Mar. 16, but was postponed to the next week because of the most recent snowstorm. That delay however, did nothing to slow these student actors down.
“I thought it was a very good production, there were a lot of funny moments,” said Andre Poprilo, director of Fine and Performing Arts for Baldwin Schools.
“Every production is different, and has its own DNA. Different stars came to the fore, a couple of different personalities came out from the students, and I thought that was really cool.”
Over 100 students took part in the production, 40 actors and more than 60 as part of the stage crew.
“I think it went amazing,” said Lakiesha Juin, an 8th grader who played Miss Hannigan in the play. “It came together really well and was a lot of fun.”
More than 500 people came out to see the show between the Friday and Saturday performances.
“Everyone kind of already knows ‘Annie’, everyone kind of knows the music so the audience sang along at the end,” said Poprilo. “It was a really good moment.”
“I think it was great,” said Lauren Rooplall, a 6th grader who plans on taking part in many more school productions in the future. “We all put a lot of effort into it and I think it turned out absolutely wonderful.”