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"Hard Knock Life" at Norwalk High School

Music Dept. Performs 'Annie" for Elementary & Middle Schoolers

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Norwalk, CT | Added on April 28, 2015 At 02:00 PM

A young audience met spunky characters and well-known songs Thursday morning during a performance of 'Annie' at Norwalk High School.

"It is kind of surreal. It's weird, I never thought this could happen, especially my freshman year," said Holly Rybnick, who portrays Little Orphan Annie. "It was a great surprise and it has been a lot of fun."

Junior Kyle Brenn portrays "Rooster" Hannigan. "This is the first show that I think a lot of kids really know," said Brenn. "I mean of the shows I've dont here, there was Hairspray and then Barnum; no one really knew Barnum so this is the first show where it is really familiar to people coming to see it."

"In this show I thought, 'what would I want to do if I was rich and famous but secretly had this emptiness inside of me that I wanted to fill and then I find out that is a child', how would I convey that to the people and try to get that across," said junior Sam Patterson, who portrays Oliver "DaddyWarbucks 

The cast of 55 students and one dog brought the well known musical to life for the audience of elementary and middle schoolers ahead of the show's final weekend performances which begin Friday, May 1st

Senior Shay LaRusso, is one of the choreographers for the show. She also portrays Lily St. Regis. "I think they look up to us a lot. I remember coming to see shows when I was younger and saying 'ooh I want to be up there," said LaRusso. "I think that is really important that the come and look up to us and want to be us on stage one day."

"I think that the little kids can get something completely different out of it than the adults. I remember when I was little, I would sweep around the house singing 'Hard Knock Life' all the time so I think that they have that sort of magical aspect to it where they want to be up there sweeping too. I think it's more fun for them," said Margo Libre, a senior choreographer who portrays Pepper. 

You can reserve your tickets now for the final performances May 1st, 2nd and 3rd by visiting 

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