By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – The classic tale of little orphan Annie comes to life this weekend, thanks to the Pied Piper Players.
The theater company is producing “Annie Jr.,” with a cast of third-graders to seniors.
“It’s condensed to an 80- to 90-minute show,” said director Debby Gibbs. “They’ve shortened some of the songs or left some songs out, but it’s the classic Annie story with her dog. And we have a live dog.”
Anna Miller said she’s having fun starring as the title character.
“Annie’s out there,” she said of her role. “She’s very stubborn, and if you tell her what to do, she won’t do it. She doesn’t get intimidated.”
She’s ready for her big solo song, “Tomorrow.”
“I’ve been singing it for a while now. When the audience gets in here I’ll probably be a little nervous, but once you start singing, you get comfortable in it,” she said.
Kaylee Heitger stars as Duffy, a friend of Annie’s in the orphanage.
“She’s semi-sweet,” she said. “She can be mean sometimes and she can be nice sometimes.”
She’s having fun playing Duffy’s mean side.
“I’m a good girl in real life, so I like to act mean and stuff,” she said.
Heitger said Annie’s story, from her lonesome days at the orphanage to finding a father in millionaire Oliver Warbucks, is an emotional rollercoaster.
“I think it’s got fun parts and sad parts, and just plain fun parts,” she said. “Those are my favorite parts.”
Pied Piper will be selling stuffed toys and dog bones with proceeds going to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society.
CHECK IT OUT
• What: Pied Piper Players present “Annie Jr.”
• When: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Milam Auditorium, Tupelo
• Cost: $7/adults, $5/students
• Info: thepiedpiperplayers.com