Academy Drama Guild Presents Classical Musical

Academy Drama Guild Presents Classical Musical

This spring, join the students and staff at the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) for a fun, classic musical that will be sure to bring you a smile. 

Since January, students have been working tirelessly to present three performances of Annie, based on the popular cartoon Little Orphan Annie. 

Drama Guild Director Amy Marrello has been pleased with the effort all students have put forth. "The students have been working on virtually all aspects of a production, learning the songs, choreography, blocking scenes, and building sets.”

Marrello says that the students have formed a strong bond that feels like an extended family. “We have a large cast and crew that has been working so well together. Even when we all come in on Saturdays to do set work, the students don’t complain, in fact they enjoy the time spent with their friends and create lots of memories!”

Senior Rebecca Morgheim (Dracut), playing the role of Daddy Warbucks, is also enthusiastic about working with this specific cast and crew and says the experience has been a “blast” and brings her great pleasure for her last performance at NDA. 

Set during the depression in 1930’s New York City, the musical tells the tale of Annie, a tenacious orphan and her journey to escape the clutches of the evil Miss Hannigan and find her real parents. Along the way, she encounters some surprises and obstacles, yet she melts the hearts of everyone she meets and ends up finding a family of her own. With a comedic twist on some historical fact and featuring musical hits such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” this musical will entertain people of all ages!

Juniors Olivia Elmstrom (Dracut) and Molly Berard (Lowell) each have starring roles. Elmstrom is playing the part of Annie and Berard will appear as Miss Hannigan. Berard is a Drama Guild rookie and is excited to be taking part in her very first musical. 

“I decided to try out for the musical, specifically the role of Miss Hannigan, to get out of my comfort zone and try something new,” explained Berard. “I have learned so much about my character, as well as acting and singing in general, to hopefully give the best performance possible.”

Elmstrom is counting down the days until show time and says that she has been humbled in the overall Drama Guild experience and her role as Annie. 
“I have learned so much about cooperating with this amazing cast and finding a good balance between having fun and working hard,” she continued, “I am very grateful to be playing this part, and I hope everyone enjoys my portrayal of this infamous character."
The performance dates for Annie are Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6. Show times are at 7 p.m. as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students, they are available for purchase at ndatyngsboro.org/upper/drama-tickets.