An amazing group of fifth-graders put on ‘Annie KIDS’

The cast and crew of “Annie KIDS” was photographed by Matthew Soriano, father of Sandy, the dog.

To the Editor:

Under the direction of Steve Suriano and musical director Christina Beauregard, the Voorheesville Elementary School production of “Annie KIDS” was presented this past weekend, April 8, 9, and 10, in the high school auditorium.

What an amazing group of fifth-graders! So much talent, not only on the stage, but also demonstrated by the student stage crew who so professionally handled behind-the-scene tasks. Congratulations to them all for a job well done!

It was another opportunity for me to serve on the costume committee for a school play. The challenges faced by the costume committee for this production were very different from the ones encountered with the middle-school production of “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”

With the exception of Sandy, the dog, all the characters were humans, thereby eliminating the technical challenges of turning actors into pieces of furniture. Costuming for “Annie KIDS” could not begin until the high school production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” was finished, creating the challenge of assembling 130 costumes in a three-week period of time.

The task was made possible because of the work done by three Girl Scouts from Troop 1032, led by troop leaders Megan McGivney and Helen Perez. Emily Bamert, Alessandra McGivney, and Havana Perez spent over 50 hours cleaning out, organizing, and cataloging the drama club’s enormous collection of costumes to earn their Silver Award. Thank you for making not only our job easier, but also the jobs of future costumers.

Once again, Karie Jean’s Closet donated clothing items to fill out costuming needs. We are grateful for them as a resource and for their generosity. Thank you.

The costume committee was led by Megan Viscio and included Megan McGivney, Leiana Hawking, Amy Walbroehl, Lisa Sokolowsi, Melanie Dystra, Jessica Knapp, Molly Breslin, Kerrylynn Espositio, and me — Sharon Breisch. It turned out to be a great team.

The play was a great introduction to theater for the fifth-graders. We anticipate seeing many of them next school year in the middle-school production of “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.”

Sharon Breisch

New Scotland

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