ELYRIA — Elyria Christian School is excited to  present the musical “Annie” Nov. 14 through 16. For the past few years, they have brought big Broadway numbers to life -including “White Christmas,” “Esther” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Their stage, their cast and their audience have grown steadily over the years. 

“The story of Annie is one that has meaning for everyone,” said  Anastasia Allen, director. “We all want to belong and be accepted. God loves us all and wants all of us to be a part of his family. He made a way for that to happen through his son, Jesus Christ. If we say yes to him we become his adopted children, just like when Warbucks adopts Annie.”

ECS Senior Caitlyn Nelson will play the role of Annie. Nelson played the role of Wardrobe in last year’s “Beauty and the Beast.” She has also appeared in many of ECS productions including “White Christmas”, “Prince and the Pauper,” and “Esther.” In addition to theater at ECS, Nelson has participated in McPherson Community Theater (MCT) that have seen her as a lost boy in “Peter Pan,” to Billie in “Cinderella” and Tessie in “Annie.” These are just a few of the roles that Nelson has tackled and is excited to be the lead in her final production at ECS.

Joshua Allen, a sophomore at ECS, will be playing the role of Warbucks. Allen previously appeared as Lumiere in “Beauty and the Beast,” as well as roles in “Peter Pan,” “Honk” and “Annie” through MCT. Alongside Allen’s Warbucks, is Olivia Clark, sophomore, as “Grace,” his dutiful assistant. Clark appeared as Mrs. Potts, in “Beauty and the Beast,” and as an extra in “The Music Man” at Moundridge High School.

Also appearing in lead roles are Merrick Robertson (junior) as Miss Hannigan, Joshua Beck (senior) as Rooster, and Candice Gaeddert (senior) as Lily. Each of them played in last year’s “Beauty and the Beast” and are looking forward to growing their skills in these new roles.

“Musicals are an opportunity to be in the community and to accomplish a goal that is beyond one person. Within that family, everyone has roles. Not one role is more important than another and we all have a chance to use the talents and abilities that God has given us,” Allen said.  

For tickets, call the school office at 620-241-2994 or visit the school website at www.onthestage.com/show/Elyria-Christian-school/Annie-34253/cast. 

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