School of the Holy Child students are gearing up to hit the stage this weekend in the Broadway hit “Annie.”
Freshmen Rachel Fitzmaurice and Pippa Leigh will make their debuts playing the lead role of Annie. The duo is no stranger to performing. Fitzmaurice, who recently moved to the States from Ireland, is a standout field hockey player and Leigh is an Olympic figure skating hopeful. Performing alongside the lead actresses at the shows, set for Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., will be seniors Biz Cozine (Grace Farrell), Kendra McNulty (Miss Hannigan) and Maria Santangelo (Warbucks).
“All these students have worked very hard throughout the rehearsal process and are prepared to put on a fantastic show,” says Kim Calhoun, director of the arts. “I am so proud of each and every one of them.”
According to Calhoun, being a part of the production, whether on stage as a seasoned performer or for the first time, is a great learning experience for all involved. She says, “Being a part of the show teaches students team work and responsibility. It also provides them with an opportunity to attempt something that they may not have had the chance to try before.”
This is a chance Leigh is excited to be part of. “Being apart of this production has given me an opportunity to let my talent shine, have a great performing arts experience and to build friendships,” she says. “The faculty, staff and volunteers have created a fantastic show as well as positive environment where every member of the cast can feel great about themselves.”
Admission is free and performances will be held at the School’s Rye campus, 2225 Westchester Avenue.