‘Annie’ finds a home at Mayer Lutheran

Members of the cast for ‘Annie’ pose on stage at Mayer Lutheran High School, before a rehearsal for the upcoming musical production. (Melissa Priebe/Carver County News)
Members of the cast for ‘Annie’ pose on stage at Mayer Lutheran High School, before a rehearsal for the upcoming musical production. (Melissa Priebe/Carver County News)

By Melissa Priebe
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In a well-known classic, the theater cast at Mayer Lutheran High School is calling one of their favorite characters home.

“Annie,” the story of an orphan girl, will take the stage this weekend, with a very large cast, including a dog.

Theater Director Alan Holasek said the students have been working on the show for many weeks, as the cast was headed into technical rehearsal.

“‘Annie’ is a terrific show,” he said.

He said one of the challenges was fitting some intricate sets on the stage, and working with a relatively small space. The students in the show will have to master the transitions between the scenes in order to bring the beautiful set work to life. He said the students were really bringing a lot of enthusiasm to the show.

“I think their energy is one thing that stands out,” he said. “It’s always hard to tell students that they have to bring it out more, but it’s easy to tell them to pull it back.

Kial Bakken and Riley Thomas were two of the students who earned the top roles in the show, and they are no strangers to the theatrical stage. They said the sheer size of the cast and the large amount of singing are a few highlights of this production.

“It’s a little crazy,” said Bakken, who will play the role of Annie.

Thomas said they had both done musicals before, and they’re excited to perform in another one.

Like Watertown-Mayer High School, the cast will perform with a pit orchestra and a piano accompanist.

“Everyone sings at least once,” said Thomas, who was looking dapper in his getup as Daddy Warbucks.

The performances will run November 18-20, 2016. The performances on Friday and Saturday will be held at 7pm, and the performance on Sunday will be held at 2pm.

Tickets will be sold at the door, with prices of $10 for adults, and $7 for children and seniors. Children under 4 years old are free.