Middle schoolers at Vail Mountain School presenting ‘Annie’
Classic musical is part of admissions open house
If You Go …
What: "Annie" the musical.
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Vail Mountain School Theater, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail.
Tickets: $15. www.vms.edu/tickets or at the door
More information: Visit www.vms.edu/tickets or purchase tickets at the door. Vail Mountain School is hosting an open house for prospective families before the show from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. The open house includes lunch and free admission to Sunday’s show. Families attending the open house will be able to tour the school, meet current students and faculty, and learn more about the admission process and financial aid options. RSVP online at www.vms.edu/openhouse or call 970-477-7175 to reserve your spot.
VAIL — The musical “Annie” is the story of everlasting enthusiasm.
“I don’t know how she does it, but Annie always looks at the bright side of life,” said Camren Flashner, who plays the lead in Vail Mountain School’s production of the musical “Annie.”
Flashner and 43 of her classmates in grades six through eight take the stage this weekend to present the classic musical story of an orphan struggling to find love and identity in New York during the Great Depression. With a cast this big, there’s certainly room for you to sing along to the show’s anthems like “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
“Annie really is about perseverance and overcoming adversity,” said Tony Bender, the VMS theater director. “It teaches strong moral lessons about the value of hard work and the pitfalls that lie in the temptation to take shortcuts or cheat.”
VMS middle school students have the option to take part in a theater class that meets nearly every day, just like core subjects such as math and language arts.
“The goal of this class and of our theater program is for students to connect with characters and build true empathy for the human struggle that affects everyone in some way,” Bender said. “The show also provided a means for students to explore a formative period in our country’s history and how theater shows can evolve over time. We spent a lot of time learning about the Great Depression and the history of Annie, a decades-old character who started out as a comic strip and became both an award-winning Broadway show and iconic movie.”
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