Spirit of the Stage presents ‘Annie Jr.’ as 20th year celebration _lowres

Photo provided by MELANIE ZAFFUTO -- 'It’s the Hard Knock Life' for the orphans of 'Annie Jr.,' performed March 5-6 at Holy Ghost Catholic School’s 'Spirit of the Stage' drama club at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hammond. Laine Lonero, front and center, played Annie, the spunky, Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. Cast members, second row from left, are Katie Amos as Duffy; third row, Madeleine Durnin, Rachel Schnadelbach as Molly and Elizabeth Zaffuto; fourth row, Maddie Pistorius, Juliette LeRay, Alexis Bass, Sarah Cusimano and Alex Woodworth; and fifth row, Bailey Fugarino as Pepper, Alexis Lee as July, Sarah Labbe as Kate, Martha Rigney and Kennedy Carter. Not pictured are Orphans Olivia Lowentritt as Tessie, Isabel Clague, Billie Guffey and Bianca Arnone.

The 50 members of Holy Ghost Catholic School’s Spirit of the Stage drama club celebrated 20 years of musical theater with presentations of “Annie Jr.” on March 5-6 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Under the direction of Suzanne Gautier and Joell Jones, Spirit of the Stage members, who range in age from 10 to 14, rehearsed “Annie Jr.” since September, a news release said. In January, Spirit of the Stage attended the 10th annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta to present a 15-minute excerpt of the show to receive feedback to improve local performances. For its efforts, Spirit of the Stage received a Freddie G Award for Excellence in Music at the festival, the release said.

“Annie Jr.” cast members included Isabella Mollega as Miss Hannigan; Travis Settoon as Oliver Warbucks; Laine Lonero as Annie; Rachel Schnadelbach as Molly; Bailey Fugarino as Pepper; Katie Amos as Duffy; Sarah Labbe as Kate; Olivia Lowentritt as Tessie; Alexis Lee as July; Isabel Clague, Maddie Pistorius, Juliette LeRay, Alexis Bass, Elizabeth Zaffuto, Madeleine Durnin, Alex Woodworth, Billie Guffey, Kennedy Carter, Sarah Cusimano, Martha Rigney and Bianca Arnone as orphans; Andrew Loyacano as Rooster Hannigan; Chloe Partridge as Lily St. Regis; Maya Bachemin as Grace Farrell; Coyt Bailey as Lt. Ward and a servant; Patrick Labbe as Drake and Bert Healy; Ava Templeton as Mrs. Pugh; Ashley DiFranco as Mrs. Greer; Lyndsi Pierre as Cecille and Allie Ferrara as Annette and the sound effects person.

Also, Nicholas Pevey, Hallie Miller, Georgie Rigney, Mallorie Vaccaro, Emma Davis, Leah Lambert, Jo’Rie Martin, MaryGrace Thibodeaux, Madison Sedberry, Catherine Watts, Damien Wootan, Ethan Stoulig, Quinn Paddock, Gabbie Besse, Baylee McDaniel, Allie Girard and Joseph Leonard.

Production crew members included Albert Blanchard, Jacob Farrell and Jaden Patti.