Annie Jr. A Play Review
For many reasons, Annie Jr. was a phenomenal performance by the Middle School. But what made it special was not just the amazing acting and singing, but the partnership with 4Kids of South Florida, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale that helps kids in crisis. To highlight the show’s theme and 4KIDS foster families, the show started with a slideshow of real foster and adoptive families, many of whom had a role in the production.
Annie Jr. is a heartwarming story, set in the 1930s, about an orphaned girl who finds a “forever family,” and was performed November 12-13, 2010 in the Calvary Chapel Theatre. Annie (Alyssa Wiles) longs to be with her birth parents who promised to come back for her some day, but has been stuck in an orphanage with the mean caretaker, Miss Hannigan (Coral Eakins), for years. Annie gets her lucky break when Oliver Warbucks’ assistant, Grace (Blesi Tchividjian), comes to the orphanage looking for an orphan to spend Christmas with the millionaire (Kyle Lackore). Although surprised that Grace returns with a girl instead of a boy, Warbucks falls in love with Annie, and starts planning to adopt her, until Annie explains that her family promised to come back for her.
When Warbucks spares no expense in a massive search for Annie’s parents, Miss Hannigan, her sleazy brother, Rooster (Alex Joyel), and his girlfriend, Lily (Mary Contini), conspire to claim Annie as their daughter to get the reward money. When their identities are discovered and it’s revealed that Annie’s real parents are dead, Warbucks adopts Annie and she finally gets the “forever family” she’d always wanted.
The show was a huge success, but don’t take the words of this reporter. Here’s what some of the cast and director had to say…
“Everyone worked so hard to do their parts and really brought the show together. I’m really thankful for the directors who worked day and night to help us work our best and bring the glory to the Lord!” — Alyssa Wiles.
“I think that the play went really well. We had a few difficulties, but in the end a lot of people came to know Christ.” –Coral Eakins
“My favorite part of the show was the audience’s reaction to the adoptive families. It just confirmed what we were talking about, how adoptive families really were the heroes.” –Mrs. Sheri Hecocks