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Annie Jr. Delights Audiences at Vernon

America’s favorite orphan came to life on the James H. Vernon School stage during two rousing performances of Annie Jr., Nov. 8 and 9. The highly popular musical featured two separate casts, each performing one night, giving more than 100 students the opportunity to shine on stage.


The performances, conceptualized by lead director Ms. Teriann Chiappardi with the help of assistant director Jaclyn Allgier and producers Ms. Virginia Kemp and Ms. Kim Romeo, took audiences on a rags-to-riches journey as orphan Annie realizes her true destiny as the adopted daughter of billionaire Oliver Warbucks — but not without some shenanigans from the orphanage caregiver Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily.


The productions featured well-choreographed numbers such as “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and animated performances that ignited laughter and cheers from the audience. A beautiful set design, featuring New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall, costumes and props were created with the help of volunteers.


“I am honored to have had the opportunity to work with such talented young actors here at Vernon,” Ms. Chiappardi said. These students strived every day to bring their characters to life on stage. Since the first day of rehearsal, I saw that the energy level was high and the students were ready to make this show a success.”


She also expressed her appreciation to the 6th graders who will be moving up to the high school next year. “Some of you have been with me for a number of years now and I am so proud of your personal growth and dedication to the program,” she said. “I am sad to see you go, but know you will continue your theatrical journey at Oyster Bay High School.”


Mr. Anthony Femino, K-12 Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts, said, “Our directors and producers did an amazing job coordinating two separate shows, each one bubbling with sheer enthusiasm and excitement. Our casts and crews worked extremely hard to perfect their performances and it truly showed on stage. Special thanks also go out to the Board of Education, staff and volunteers who helped make each show a smashing success, and to all who attended the show to support our students.”