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Students look to tomorrow preparing for Annie' performance

WILLSBORO The auditorium at Willsboro Central School is a busy place, with the drama club busy rehearsing for their upcoming play, Annie. The stars of this years performance are Sierra Bruno as Annie, Ryan Pierce as Rooster and Josh Bridge as Daddy Warbucks. Valley News reporter Marcia Bierce spoke with Bridge about his role. He is most excited about it, except last year made a promise to Wendy Schwenke that if he got this part, he would shave his head. Someday this coming week, Schwenke will have the honor of shaving Joshs hair right off. This years play, which is the sixth play directed by Derrick Hopkins for the school, will feature 25 high school students and 15 elementary students who have all been hard at work since Aug. 25 to make the show a reality. Within the next couple of years the students, who have a say in what play will be performed, hope to be able to afford to do Peter Pan, which involves a $5,000 rental of equipment to make Peter fly. The play, which is held in the fall mostly due to students schedules, will be the beginning of a cooperative effort between the drama clubs of WCS and Ausable Valley Central School. Hopkins will be directing their play, Grease, in the spring and will use some Willsboro students in the ensemble. A few AVCS students will also be taking part in Annie and in January there may well be a workshop for both clubs, followed by an evening performance. Along with Hopkins as director, Matthew Russell is the music director, Tyler Nye the choreographer and Nikki Hilchey the technical director. All of these people have some professional experience, which relates to a good experience for the students involved. The play will be held in the Willsboro Central School auditorium on Nov. 15, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and on Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 per adult, $7 per student or senior citizen or $25 for a family of four. Tickets may be reserved by calling Willsboro Central School, 963-4456.

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