Lansing at Large: Busy fall theater schedule for Lansing schools

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More than 120 Lansing middle school students will be on stage and backstage to put on the 32nd annual musical production, “Annie Junior,” this weekend. The show features musical standards such as “Hard Knock Life,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Tomorrow.”


Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m., with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. The musical will be presented in the Lansing Middle School auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person.


“Annie Junior” follows the trials and travails of the leader of a group of orphans living in New York City in the midst of the Great Depression. Annie comforts her friends and leads them in revolt against Miss Hannigan, the curmudgeonly director of the orphanage. The children escape to the streets where Annie meets her dog, Sandy and is picked up by a policeman.
On her return to the orphanage, she is invited to Oliver Warbuck’s house for Christmas by Grace Farrell, his assistant. After a tour of New York City, Warbucks offers to adopt Annie. He is taken aback by her desire to reconnect with her long-lost parents and makes a radio plea for their return.


Learning of this, Miss Hannigan’s brother Rooster and his girlfriend Lily plan to pose as Annie’s parents and claim the $50,000 reward offered by Warbucks. They show up with Annie’s birth certificate and the other half of her locket. In the end, President Roosevelt’s personal intervention with the FBI reveals that Annie’s true parents have died and Annie and Warbucks come together as a family.


Annie is played by Isabella Babson and the orphans by Natalie Robinson, Jaeda Broaster, Sterling Wasser, Gabby Desnoes, Anna Hibbard, Domencia Reeve, Elena Lauzun, Baily Waters, Elizabeth Alo, Abigail Silva, and Izzy Gustafson. Sarah O’Callaghan is Miss Hannigan, Maya VanEvery is Sandy, Maddy LaPenna is Grace Ferrell, and Dominick Ronsvalle is Oliver Warbucks. Albert Vangeli and Stephen Geise split the role of Rooster and Addyson Wells plays Lily.
Bella Micale is the choreographer, Todd Howell led set design and construction, Diane Lauzun directed costumes, Karin Silva organized props, Ellie Howell is the stage manager, John Phillips designed the lighting, and Jacob Christofferson, Brian Sitts, and Julie MacMartin run sound. The show is produced and directed by Cynthia Howell and Lucas Hibbard.

High School Fall Drama: “Twelve Angry Jurors”
The Lansing High School Fall drama, “Twelve Angry Jurors,” will be performed Nov. 15 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., in the Middle School auditorium.


The play follows the deliberations of a jury trying to decide the fate of an alleged 19-year-old murderer on a hot July day. The jury votes 11-1 in favor of conviction and tempers flare as the majority tries to convince the lone holdout. As they look at the evidence, uncertainties arise forcing all to reconsider their verdict.


Also this fall, the annual LTAPA fundraiser, “Cookies and Carols,” will be Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.


And, the bi-annual performance of The Nutcracker will be Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. (senior citizen performance) and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. The school assembly version will be Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. All performances will be in the Middle School auditorium.


Finally, auditions are approaching for the high school’s spring musical, “Mama Mia!”

Winter Rec Programs Registration
The Lansing Recreation Department is now taking sign-ups for Friday Night Soccer for kindergartners through sixth graders; Saturday Soccer for ages 3 to 5; Bowling for third through eighth graders; and Boys and Girls Basketball for grades 4, 5, and 6.


Registration forms can be found in the Lansing Elementary and Middle Schools, and in the Recreation Office in the Town Hall. For more information, contact Pat Tyrell at 533-7388.

Food Pantry
The Lansing Food Pantry will be open Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Rink, 1767 East Shore Drive. For more information, contact Nancy Myers at 592-4685.

Blood Drives
Local blood drives will be held: today at Langmuir Labs in the Cornell Business Park from noon to 5 p.m. and at the Shops of Ithaca Mall from 1 to 6 p.m.; tomorrow at Kendell of Ithaca from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and Nov. 24 at All Saints Catholic Church from 1 to 6 p.m.


All donors this month will receive a free t-shirt and be entered into the “Turkey a Day Give-a-Way.”


The Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to help keep the blood supply stable during the holidays. Blood donations often decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day as people get busy with holiday activities.
Call 1-800 RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to make your life-saving appointment today. Donors can save time by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history online before you come to your appointment. Learn more at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.

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