They‘re not on stage at the same time, and John Noble, who plays the one-and-only Daddy Warbucks, says each of the girls adds a little something different to her performance of the role.
“It‘s a wonderful difference,” Noble says. “Each one is their own Annie. It‘s exhilarating for me when we rehearse in rapid-fire succession.”
Portraying the mop-top orphan who wins over the gruff millionaire with her smile and positive attitude are: Sophia Herr of Latrobe, fourth-grade student at Mountain View Elementary School (10 a.m. Friday); Carolyn Jerz of Greensburg, home-schooled fifth-grade student (
7:30 p.m. Friday) [actually 2pm Sunday]; Julia Boyle of Greensburg, sixth-grade student at Aquinas Academy (7:30 p.m. Saturday), and Grace Rusnica of Irwin, fifth-grade student at West Hempfield Elementary School ( 2 p.m. Sunday) [actually 7:30pm Friday].
Carolyn says she has appeared in two other productions with Stage Right in ensemble roles, but being cast as Annie is a special honor for a young actress.
“It‘s the part every girl dreams of,” she says.