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Northampton High School presents Broadway blockbuster ‘Annie’

  • Alexa Flinker, who plays Annie in Northampton High School's production of "Annie", says working with Lou, who plays Sandy, is one of the best parts of the production. JERREY ROBERTS

    Alexa Flinker, who plays Annie in Northampton High School's production of "Annie", says working with Lou, who plays Sandy, is one of the best parts of the production. JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks and Alexa Flinker as Annie rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks and Alexa Flinker as Annie rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • Alexa Flinker as Annie, left, and Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Alexa Flinker as Annie, left, and Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie and Jonah Godfrey as Rooster Hannigan  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie and Jonah Godfrey as Rooster Hannigan rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • Jasmeet Singh as Howe, left, Asher Gryska as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alexa Flinker as Annie  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Jasmeet Singh as Howe, left, Asher Gryska as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alexa Flinker as Annie rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Laura Krok-Horton as Miss Hannigan, and Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks are among the cast of 30 who have been rehearsing for "Annie" for five months at Northampton High School.JERREY ROBERTS

    Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Laura Krok-Horton as Miss Hannigan, and Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks are among the cast of 30 who have been rehearsing for "Annie" for five months at Northampton High School.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks, left, Laura Krok-Hannigan as Miss Hannigan, and Joel McAuslin as Drake  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks, left, Laura Krok-Hannigan as Miss Hannigan, and Joel McAuslin as Drake rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • From left, Ella Marvin, Alex Wills, Dana Hanson, Abby Adams and Isabella Forman rehearse their roles as orphans.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    From left, Ella Marvin, Alex Wills, Dana Hanson, Abby Adams and Isabella Forman rehearse their roles as orphans.
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  • Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie, right, and Claire Mieher as an orphan  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie, right, and Claire Mieher as an orphan rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.
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  • Alexa Flinker, who plays Annie in Northampton High School's production of "Annie", says working with Lou, who plays Sandy, is one of the best parts of the production. JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks and Alexa Flinker as Annie rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Alexa Flinker as Annie, left, and Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Norma Jean Haynes as Lily St. Regis, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie and Jonah Godfrey as Rooster Hannigan  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Jasmeet Singh as Howe, left, Asher Gryska as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Alexa Flinker as Annie  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Laura Krok-Horton as Miss Hannigan, and Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks are among the cast of 30 who have been rehearsing for "Annie" for five months at Northampton High School.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Ben Cooper as Daddy Warbucks, left, Laura Krok-Hannigan as Miss Hannigan, and Joel McAuslin as Drake  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • From left, Ella Marvin, Alex Wills, Dana Hanson, Abby Adams and Isabella Forman rehearse their roles as orphans.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Julia Urbank as Grace, left, Alexa Flinker as Annie, right, and Claire Mieher as an orphan  rehearse for Northampton High School's production of "Annie" Thursday at the school.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

Think about the Broadway musical “Annie,” and you’ll probably soon be singing the show’s feel-good, signature number, “Tomorrow.” You know, the one that goes: The sun’ll come out tomorrow / Bet your bottom dollar / That tomorrow / There’ll be sun!”

It’s one of the musical’s biggest hits, and audiences anticipate the catchy, classic melody, says Cate Damon, the director of Northampton High School’s production of the show that will take place this weekend.

Students from the school will be singing all of the show’s famous, infectious tunes by composer Charles Strouse and lyricist Martin Charnin. And there are plenty of them, Damon says, like “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” to name a few.

Numbers have been choreographed by Smith College dance alumna Kelly Silliman, and it all takes place on a set that features an eye-catching New York City skyline, created by Keith Langsdale, a fine-furniture maker.

The intricate scenery makes the performance special, Damon said. It was built over three weekend days by students and parents.

Choosing wisely

A committee of three — Damon, NHS chorus director Beau Flahive and band director Deb Coon — have played with the idea for years of doing the Tony Award-winning “Annie,” but this is the first time they had a group that looked young enough to pull off a cast that includes seven little orphan girls.

“The freshmen and sophomores play children and have to look really young next to the adults in the show who are mostly seniors,” Damon said.

Annie is played by NHS sophomore Alexa Flinker. Although she’s been acting since she very young, this is her first leading role. After spending so much time together, she says, the cast of 30 students has turned into a big, happy family. But, one of the best parts about the production, she adds, is having a real dog perform onstage and never knowing what he’s going to do. Lou, a golden retriever belonging to prop manager Bailey Lathrope, a senior at the school, plays the shaggy mutt.

Damon says Lou makes a great Sandy because he is naturally laid-back and mellow, comes when he’s called and stays when you tell him to stay.

Another dog auditioned for the part, Damon says, but the pup proved too young and inexperienced for the role.

Joining Annie and Sandy will be Daddy Warbucks, played by Ben Cooper, a senior at NHS. Cooper has Broadway-style musical experience; he played Roger in last year’s NHS production of “Grease.”

“The productions always turn out really well because everyone gives it their all and we all have fun,” Cooper said during a break in a rehearsal last week in the high school’s auditorium. “Everyone who is involved in the production has devoted their lives for the past five months we’ve worked on it.”

“Annie” will be presented today, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee Saturday at 2 p.m., in the Northampton High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $12 adults, $8 students/seniors/matinee, and are available in the NHS office or at the door.

wonderful, professional level performances! students give their hearts and souls, as well as thier minds, to their well-rehearsed work. these are our future leaders, thinkers, carriers of the culture. how can anyone consider cutting music and art from the schools?

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