“Annie Jr. rocks!” according to Jacque Lueken, director of FVR Youth Ensemble’s production of Annie Jr. “The cast had their first run through and it was awesome! The choreography is challenging but the kids are stepping up to the plate.”
Maddie Novak who plays Annie says, “This is the biggest role she has ever played and also the most fun! The cast is awesome!” Kyle Donahue who is the choreographer and musical director commented, “We have a great and talented cast. We are trying to get as much singing and dancing out of them and they are stepping up to the plate!”
“This is my 5th show and I love the cast and am learning so much!” says Kyle Schwichtenberg (Warbucks). “It’s a great experience!”
The interns also had wonderful things to say about Annie Jr. Meagan Daniels said, “I love it! It’s well run and organized. I love the cast and crew!” Maddie Donatelli says she’s having fun and learning more each day. “I love being behind the scenes and learning by doing. I get to feel like I’m in the director’s chair!”
Trisha Sachdev, whose daughter Simran (Mrs. Pugh/ Lt. Ward/ New Yorker) has been in three FVR Youth Ensemble productions, says she loves FVR. Being part of the Youth Ensemble helps with other areas of life for the kids, such as public speaking and confidence. “The camaraderie of this group is wonderful!”
Another parent commented, “I am always impressed with how professional the FVR Youth Ensemble productions are! Working with the directors and performing on the main stage are incredible experiences for the kids.”
Tori McKeehan (Lily) who has been in three FVR shows says, “I’ve learned so many things such as portraying different characters and acting like characters that are unlike my personality. I love the closeness of the cast and that is very helpful in the process of the show.”
Katie Jackovin who plays Hannigan, has been in five FVR productions said that she has learned a lot by working with people of all different ages. “My favorite part about this show is that I get to work with tons of new people. I also love working on my character.”
Sara Temple (Annette/Usherette) says, “This is my second show at FVR. I have learned a lot about character exploration and I loved meeting all of my cast mates.”
Lily Defino who is playing the part of Grace has been in five FVR shows and loves all of the Broadway style dances. “I have learned a lot so far but, the most important thing is working together as a cast.”
Gianna Pennacchio (Rooster) says, “I love being around all of the little orphans and seeing everyone’s progression. There are so many people that I knew before but didn’t know how much talent they had.”
“This is my fourth show at FVR and I have learned so much. The cast and directors are amazing and the show is going to be great!” says Melissa Wickland who is playing Mrs. Greer and Grace US.
Simran Sachdev has been in two FVR shows and likes being around all the different kinds of people. “I learned that even if it doesn’t benefit you, helping people with their part is a good thing to do.”
The production of Annie Jr., rated G, can be enjoyed by all on Saturdays, March 10 and 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through the Pheasant Run Box Office at (630) 584-6342 or online by visiting www.foxvalleyrep.org. Tickets are $15.