November 2, 2022 at 8:28 p.m.
Fall musical is Olson’s directorial debut
The curtain is up on Sauk Centre High School’s 2022 fall musical, “Annie,” featuring the talents of 44 SCHS students ranging from seventh through 12th grade. The musical will be performed in the Sauk Centre Public Schools’ Margaret Shelby Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3-5 as well as at 2 p.m. Nov. 6.
“I wanted to pick a show that was good for our community,” said director Abigail Olson. “‘Annie’ is a classic show; it’s been done very frequently in the last few years, either on NBC Live or the recent motion picture film, so it’s a really popular show at the moment, and I wanted a lot of the community to come out and watch especially children and parents. It is a great show for the entire family.”
With her endless hope and positivity in spite of her next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie charms everyone’s hearts and befriends many unique NYC characters, ultimately finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his personal secretary, Grace Farrell.
“Annie” will be Olson’s directorial debut. She graduated from SCHS in 2019 and has been attending Concordia College in Moorhead since then, studying English education.
“I’m extremely excited to start my career,” Olson said. “This is a great place to do that. There are so many staff members I can rely on for advice, and it also helps to have my family extra close for comfort.”
Olson’s theater experience includes being an assistant director on a show in college, and she had onstage roles for several productions as well. Miss Olson also studied theatre courses focusing on acting, directing, and body movement.
When choosing this year’s musical, Olson wanted to focus on something that would fit the cast and the dynamic the students had, based on who auditioned last year.
“There are many girls who come out for the musical, and so I wanted to pick a show that would really feature those women and their voices,” Olson said. “I think we’ve found a show that does just that.”
Olson describes the preparations for this year’s musical as fast and open.
“It’s a very quick process, and we only have had 38 rehearsals total,” Olson said. “The students have done an amazing job with being open to learn. Whether we are learning new material onstage, character building, or singing, these students rise to the occasion.” and “I have been encouraging the students to tell their story using this musical, Annie, to show an audience their stories,” Olson said.