Brockway, PA – Despite the coronavirus shutdown, the Brockway High School Drama Club is still bringing “Annie” to life.
“Annie,” the well-known Broadway show about an orphan who improves her fortunes, was supposed to stage in April, but the hard-knock life of the pandemic cancelled the show.
According to Director Justin Salada, the students had put a lot of work into the show and were disappointed that people would not be able to see it. He came up with the idea of live-streaming the play, but he had to film that first.
Salada had to recast some of the roles and work with technology issues and COVID-19 restrictions to make it work. Salada had to pass on having a live band and used music from the licensing company. He had to cut filmed takes together to complete scenes. However, he said the finished product shows very relaxed and professional performers.
Annie will be available as an on-demand link on August 17 through the Showtix website. It stars Audrey Mezser as Annie and Liam Webster as Daddy Warbucks. It is co-directed by Melissa Newcome and choreographed by Sydney Manno and Amanda Murphy.
Pic: Annie (Audrey Mezser, center) and Daddy Warbucks (Liam Webster) visit NYC.