May Moore Second-Graders Draw Big Crowds for Amazing ‘Annie’

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The district’s youngest student actors spent six months rehearsing for the May Moore production of “Annie,” presented in the school’s gymnasium. The 44 second-graders involved in the musical put on two shows for their schoolmates on April 7, then wowed enthusiastic audiences of close to 200 people for two April 8 evening performances.

Set in 1933, “Annie” is an adaptation of the acclaimed 1977 Broadway musical written by Martin Charnin, Thomas Meehan and Charles Strouse. The original Broadway production, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical, was itself adapted from the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip originated in 1924 by Harold Gray.

The cast included Kendall Lopez as Annie, Olivia Corrado as Molly, Jaidyn Schabe as Pepper, Madelise Rosa as Duffy, Kayla Tyson as July, Rebeckah Garrow as Tessie, Alexis Borowski as Kate, Gabriella Mongelli as Miss Hannigan, Jack Hayden as Bundles, Madison Griffin as Apple Seller, Olivia Russo as Sandy, Charles Offiah as Lt. Ward, Aaron Smith as Rooster Hannigan, Kayla Cruz as Lily St. Regis, Johnny Holland as Oliver Warbucks, Nicola Cespe as Drake, Delaney Whatley as Star-to-be, Arianna Diaz as Usherette, William Fox as Bert Healy, Dillon Jefferies as Pres. Roosevelt and Shahidul Azam as Louis Howe.

“These children were so enthusiastic and motivated for anything I asked them to do,” said director Kristen Lombardo. “We had so much support from the staff and parents, and I couldn't have done it without my assistant director, teaching assistant Jeremy Smith, who volunteered his time.” 

The impressive sets for the musical were designed by May Moore’s new art teachers, Briana Nussbaum and Michele Sarco. Cheryl Lema served as stage manager.