Hannah Harper was trying out for any part at all in the show.
“It really didn’t matter if I was an orphan or not,” the West Noble Middle School sixth-grader said. “I just really wanted to be in it.”
Harper got what she wanted, to say the least. The show is “Annie,” and Harper is portraying an orphan. Actually, she’s the orphan.
“It was the most amazing feeling ever,” she said of landing the title role. “I was jumping up and down screaming. It was amazing.”
Hannah will be “Annie” when the show is performed on the Theatre33 stage at West Noble High School this weekend. The Friday and Saturday shows are set for 7 p.m. and the Sunday showcase at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for students and $6 for adults. There will be general seating, and “Annie” will be performed “in the round” in the school Auditoria.
“Annie” is set in New York City circa 1933, when the Great Depression has left many families without a place to live. Many children call an orphanage home. Annie lives in an orphange with 12 other youngsters, and dreams of finding her parents.
In a bid for positive publicity, Daddy Oliver Warbucks invites an orphan to spend the holidays in his mansion. Expecting a boy, he instead encounters Annie, who ultimately wins his heart.
Harper is a fan of the girl she’ll be portraying at West Noble this weekend.
“My character is very, very, very perky,” she said. “She always tries to cheer everybody up. (She’s) always so optimistic about life no matter what’s coming her way. Every song that she sings is optimistic. It’s really fun to be able to play her. It’s so fun to be able to be so happy. It makes everyone around you happy.”