‘It’s a hard-knock life’

Dodd students put on evening performance of Annie

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It was a one night performance and the opening night that welcomed parents, students, neighbors and a little bit of everyone from Freeport as the J.W. Dodd Middle School students performed Annie, Jr. at the Freeport High School Performing Arts Center on Jan. 31. Directors Vashti Burke and Demelina Valonzo starring Alexandra Branch who played Annie led Dodd’s performance.

“Annie is based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.

Set in the 1930s in New York City, little redhead Annie lives in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

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