Video: ‘Annie Jr.’ Cast Members Perform at Alma Mater

The student performers of Harmony Middle School’s “Annie Jr.” took their show on the road this morning.

Five of the musical’s cast members performed during Lovettsville Elementary School’s morning announcements, which is broadcast live into each classroom. Middle school students Lindsay Price, Maddy Jones, Serena Parrish, Samantha Huffer and Bethany Hurt sang the iconic tune “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”

The mini performance was meant to promote Harmony’s performance of “Annie Jr.,” which runs Friday, Jan. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 29. Watch the video here.

The students who sang this morning are all alumni of Lovettsville Elementary. They said their experience at the school gave them an early foundation in theater, especially under the tutelage of music teacher Sarah Stillman. She directs musicals at the school each year.

“She always made sure each of us had equal roles and lines,” Harmony sixth-grader Maddy said.

“She wanted everyone to feel like they were an important part,” Harmony seventh-grader Lindsay said.

Serena, the Harmony seventh-grader who plays Annie, said the performance is not your typical middle school musical. Many of the cast members are also part of professional community theater groups, and she encouraged people who don’t typically attend middle schools to check it out.

“There is a lot of talent in some of our middle schools, so I think anyone would enjoy it,” she said.

Plus, she added, seats are cheaper than professional theater groups’.

Tickets to “Annie Jr.” are $8 and can be purchased only online at showtix4u.com; search for “Harmony Middle School.” The show times are 7 p.m. Jan. 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 28, and 2 p.m. Jan. 29. For more information, contact Maria Jones at mariagj@comcast.net or 703-409-6992.

Lovettsville Elementary students Ella Hardy, left, and Gilene Campos give the morning announcements ahead of the “Annie Jr.” cast members’ performance. [Danielle Nadler/Loudoun Now]
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