It’s not such a hard knock life for students performing Annie at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School.
The students are in charge of every aspect of the production, from sets to costumes to choreography.
Many of the Grade 11 and 12 students involved in the musical are also in the show as part of a school course. Those students have taken on the entire design of the approximately two-hour show.
Darcey Pearson, a Grade 12 student, said the shows are picked each year based on the interests of students who will take the lead on different aspects of the show.
Pearson is eager to dance, so Annie, a show with 15 dance numbers, was chosen.
“It’s a very student-oriented program,” said Pearson.
Pearson is the lead choreographer and plays the character Lily St. Regis. “I really like jazz, so we tried to incorporate a lot of Broadway-style jazz and Big Band.”
She said the performance shows off the diversity at Sir Wil.
Katrine Mercier, a Grade 12 student who plays Ms. Hannigan, is a co-head of costumes.
“We try and make every piece of costume from scratch,” she said. “It’s really fun because you don’t get to make 1930s clothes very often.”
She said it will be a bittersweet show, because when it’s done, the Grade 12 students know they’ll be passing the torch to the younger students as they move on from high school.
There are 65 students involved in the show, including a pit band, said teacher director Sonya Shrum.
Students not only act and dance, some will run the lights, and others are doing technical roles.
Annie will run from March 1 to 3 at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School at 1515 Tenth Line Rd. The show begins each night at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 tickets for adults and $5 tickets for seniors and students.