On April 8th, Arts to Grow’s after school theatre class performed the musical The Optimistic Orphan at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation / I.S 171. Children, grades 5-8, were performing on the stage for friends and family.
The play was based upon a story about Little Orphan Annie, a Broadway Inspired Production. In the depths of the 1930’s, Annie (Catherine Genao) is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan (Kristina Feliciano). Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist,
Oliver Warbucks(Zachary Colon).
The very best part of this performance was the two leading ladies, Annie, optimistic and “spunky”, seeking her parents and Miss Hannigan, who hates children, but is fond of alcoholic beverages.
The show looked promising and exciting right away. The orphans’ first big number, “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” about the travails of institutional living, it is the toe-tapper. Followed by Miss Hannigan’s “Little Girls,” about the same situation seen from an exhausted adult’s point of view.
Arts to Grow Teaching Actor, Patricia Runcie did an amazing job in casting and giving roles to little kids, perfectly preparing them to act as professional actors in front of a huge audience of family and friends.
Click here to see pictures from this performance.