“It’s A Hard-Knock Life”: DHS Crimson Company Prepares for “Annie”

crimson-company-annie-posterIt’s been a “hard-knock life” for members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company since the new year as they prepare to present their spring musical, Annie.

Opening night for this DHS production is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Dunmore High School Auditorium. This family-friendly show, under the direction of Brian and Dawn McGurl, can also be seen on April 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

With the help of her fellow orphan girls, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City. Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plot and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Leading the production as the title character of Annie is Lauren Brown. Mark Nealon will star as Oliver Warbucks; Madison Eagen as Grace Farrell; Cessna Pendon as Mrs. Hannigan; Nico Summa as Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan; Marisa Moraski as Lily St. Regis; Noah Cogliette as Drake; Luke Gratkowski as President Roosevelt; Matthew Kosack as the radio announcer; and Jack Culkin as Bert Healey.

The roles of the Boylan Sisters will be played by Kaitlin Ahern, Ashley Fischetti, Mackenzie Senatore and Julia Pasko.

Lily Conaboy, Arianna Costanzi, Lauren Grippi, Maria Micciche, Sophia Norvilas, Bell Pendon, Molly Sheets and Aleia Sileo will play the orphans.

Members of the ensemble are: Timothy Andrews, Elizabeth Brace, Colleen Brown, Molly Butler, Madison Castellano, Noah Cogliette, Colby DeSando, Abby Errico, Paige Flynn, Joe Ferguson, Ian Gratkowski, Julia Ingargiola, Lydia Meade, Will Meade, Tessa McDonald, Billy McDonough, Cori Pietrusckiewicz, Christian Reese, Emily Stedina and Matthew Valunas.

Running the show from behind the scenes are the stage managers   Anthony Behler, Spencer Asman and Robert Kersavage along with assistant stage manager, Jonah Cogliette.


Crimson Company to host “Comic-Con, Jr. Brunch!”

Grab your cape and super powers and join the Dunmore High School Crimson Company for the Comic-Con, Jr. Brunch! It’s set for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 4, 2017 in the Dunmore High School Cafeteria.

You’re encouraged to come dressed up as your favorite comic strip or comic book superhero character. Lots of comic book and Superhero characters will be there to greet you. There will be plenty of fun activities planned for both boys and girls! There will be a story corner, make your own comic strip, coloring and sticker activities, face painting, goodie bags, crafts, games and basket raffles.

crimson-company-annie-posterThe idea for this comic-themed brunch was inspired by the Crimson Company’s upcoming production of “Annie the Musical.” The musical, with music by Charles Strouse, took home a slew of awards at the 1977 Tony Awards, including “Best Musical.” It’s based on the 1920’s comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray.

The cast of “Annie” will also be on hand for meet and greets at the brunch. Mr. Rich Banick will there to take professional photographs, and, of course, delicious super-hero worthy refreshments will also be provided.  

Admission is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the brunch, and all proceeds will help fund future Crimson Company productions and endeavors.

For more information, feel free to email brian62358@yahoo.com or find the Crimson Company on Facebook.

The Dunmore High School Crimson Company will present “Annie the Musical” on March 30, 31 and April 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the DHS Auditorium. The curtain will rise each night at 7 p.m.


DHS Crimson Company plans for 2016-2017 Season

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Members of the Dunmore Crimson Company are excited to announce the plays they will be producing during the 2016-2017 school year.

First up this fall is Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” This exciting drama about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. As the small Salem community is stirred into madness, the play reaches its violent climax — the innocent are trial and condemned to the gallows by malicious lies, deceit and ignorance.

The timeless vision of “The Crucible” remains unrivalled in American Theater, winning a Tony Award for Best Play in 1953. Miller’s masterpiece is part of the Dunmore curriculum, so the production gives ripe opportunity for cross-curricular conversation and analysis of important events in both American literature and history.

You won’t want to miss the Crimson Company’s production of this powerful drama which will run for four nights; Wednesday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 19. All of those showings will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the Dunmore High School Auditorium.

This spring, the Crimson Company will take on one of the world’s best loved musicals, “Annie.” The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Based on the popular “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

“Annie” is the perfect family-friendly musical, and the Crimson Company production promises fun for all. Join us for two weekends, March 30 to April 1 and again April 5 to 8, 2017, for “Annie.”

The 2016-2017 Crimson Company officers are: Cessna Pendon, president; Mark Nealon and Nico Summa, vice presidents; Mackenzie Senatore and Aleia Sileo, secretaries; Tessa McDonald and Marisa Moraski, treasurers; and Gina Bernotsky and Justine Lim, publicity.

Lauren Brown, Jack Culkin and Will Meade will serve as junior class representatives. The sophomore class will be represented by Kaitlin Ahern, Julia Ingargiola and Julia Pasko.