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STUNNING Perfomance

posted May 5, 2011, 8:01 PM by   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 5:09 AM by Sites Admin ]

~ Kelli Boesel, Cadd Correspondent

More and more throughout the year, I am blown away at the talent and ingenuity of Faith Academy’s students and staff. Participating and viewing this year’s concerts, dramas and talent nights, I have been impressed and never disappointed. The spring production of Annie proved no different, but further dazzled me by the sheer scale of the production. This school has such great resources and dedication that I am truly blessed to witness its growing talent.

Before I get into the particular of the goods of the production itself, let me marvel some more at the work put into the musical. Not only did the cast feature students from each division, but dedication from the faculty from all three schools and volunteers was impressive and their selflessness inspiring. From choreographing, directing, vocal coaching to the lighting, set design and hair and makeup, it took an army of people working together behind the scenes. What a great testimony to the hearts of students, volunteers and faculty at Faith.
(Front row:  Chelsea McDougal, Heidi Schutt, Sam Akers)

Now on to the review.

Annie, the story of the spunky orphan girl who finds love and a home, is loved by many a generation. Faith’s rendition was clever and cute, funny in places one might think not possible. Throughout the night spontaneous applause erupted in all three performances as audiences showed their appreciation for the actors. Several people went multiple nights; they just couldn’t get enough of the music and fun.

Chelsea McDougal (Class of '11) played Annie, offering her voice and acting chops to the role. An 18-year-old playing the role of an 11-year-old orphan could have been forced, but Chelsea carried it off with ease and a certain element of grace. Her acting was solid but certainly the star of the night was her voice. Singing almost every song in the production, Chelsea never sounded strained or forced, making the role seem effortless. She was indeed an endearing and charming Annie.
  All the leads seemed tailor-made for their roles. Andrew Harris ('11) was the abrupt and demanding Mr. Warbucks. His slightly stiff manner of acting the role brought a regal aura to the performance.

The three villains, Whitney Bauck, '11 (pictured right), Sam Akers ('11) and Heidi Schutt ('12), were delectably diabolical in their roles of Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily St. Regis. They offered comic relief and cranky moments to the often serious plot. Whitney’s performance of Hannigan’s “Little Girls” was wonderfully exasperated and almost made you sympathize with her plight.  Even in the playbill, Sam strove for the comedy, stating that he was typecast in the role of Rooster joking that his hobby was kidnapping orphans.

(L-to-R:  Andrew Harris, Austin MacKay, Caleb Webster, Chelsea McDougal, David Rich, David MacKay, Jan Trachsel)

As more of the supporting cast, the orphans were adorable, especially the two youngest. The biggest laughs of the night came from the presidential cabinet scene. The stuffy politician and an ever-so-pleasing President Roosevelt, played by Jan Trachesel (12), brought down the house with their rendition of “Tomorrow” and trying to grasp just the right word for their “new deal.”

Overall the production was an A, complete with fun dances, amazing sets, beautiful music and quality performances. Obviously, the musical was a high school production with raw talent but overall the night was fun and filled laughter and good feelings. I can’t wait until the next showcase of Faith student talent.

(Faith Academy's 2011 Cast for Annie, performed in Cadd Auditorium)

(Photos Contributed by Chris Kuhlow)