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Musical Will Feature Many Cast Members, Many Dancers and One Real Dog


Notre Dame recently announced this year’s musical production will be Annie.

The decision or choice of musicals was based on many factors, such as cast size, marketability and appropriateness.

There are so many factors that go into selecting a show.  It has to be appropriate and marketable.  We wanted a show with a large cast with a focus on dancing,” shared musical director Andrea Gilson.  

Additionally, since last year’s Little Mermaid was such a spectacle with many complicated technical elements, they were looking for a show with a simpler set and lighting.

The show will feature a large cast, as there are multiple speaking, ensemble, supporting and leading roles to be filled.

One of the most adorable roles, Sandy the dog, will also be included in the musical, and the directors are planning on casting a real dog.

Dancing will play a major role in the musical and will be choreographed by Mrs. Megan Herbst.

Annie is a dance-heavy show,” said Gilson. “We are planning on having dancing-only roles and producing elaborate musical numbers. Gymnastics will also be an added element this year.”

Naturally, music also will be a dominant part of the production with singers coached by choir director Maria Hinnendael and a pit orchestra directed by band director Steve Johnson.

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Cassi Garrison is a junior excited to enter her third year of writing for the Tritonian. She is very interested in current events, particularly social and environmental issues. Outside of journalism, she enjoys playing pickleball, participating in the school band, and spending time with family.

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