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Leapin lizards! Its Annie on stage
Johnson High, Da Vinci Academy join for weekend performance of classic musical
Oliver Warbucks (Caleb Barfield) and Annie (Ashleigh Hinesley) in a scene from the Johnson High School-Da Vinci Academy joint production of "Annie." - photo by PETER ADAMS


When: 4 p.m. today, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Johnson High School Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $5 students, $7 adults at the door

The Da Vinci Academy and Johnson High school theater departments have come together for a joint production of a family favorite, "Annie," opening today.

The play stars Annie, an orphan who is on an adventure to find a real family, the evil Miss Hannigan who runs the orphanage and Annie's eventual guardian, Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks.

"It really has been a great experience because the Johnson kids have enjoyed working together, they do an incredible job with the ins and outs of theater," said Teresa Haymore, a drama teacher at Da Vinci Academy.

Haymore said the response from the students from both schools was amazing. About 60-70 students auditioned, so Haymore and Johnson High drama teacher Gail Jones decided to co-direct the play and create two casts.

"We had to have two Annies ... their voices are just so amazing," she said.

Ashleigh Hinesley and Chloe Kleinheinz each will play Annie. Johnson senior Caleb Barfield is Warbucks, Brittney Batt plays Miss Hannigan and Layla, a golden doodle, plays the part of Annie's dog, Sandy.

"The golden doodle, she is beautiful, and it is her first play, too ... she really is the star of the show," Haymore said. "Miss Hannigan, played by Brittney Batt, is the other one that has been outstanding with the middle-schoolers. She is the other big star that has been exceptional.

"We have had our final dress rehearsal today and so we are ready to show ‘Annie' to the world. It's a good family Christmas show and you really feel the Christmas spirit ... a sweet holiday experience for the family."