Alhambra High School
For the next two weekends, Alhambra High School will put on its spring production of Annie, a beloved musical about an orphan taken in by a billionaire. Lew Snow, a volunteer with the Alhambra Thespians and the father of Annie’s director, Rachel Snow, tells the Alhambra Source about what sets this production apart from other versions of Annie.
Why did you pick this particular play?
Annie offers a story of eternal hope against staggering odds, something people are trying to achieve on a daily basis. It’s a wholesome family show that allows multiple generations to come and enjoy on different levels.
What’s different or special about the production that Alhambra High School is putting on?
This production showcases the talents of our technical theater students, who have created a fabulous set under the direction of a professional set designer.
What can you tell me about the students who are performing in this play?
Our actors run the gamut from freshmen to graduating seniors — all of whom had to audition to be a part of the show. Not all actors are drama students — auditions were open to the entire school community. We have a good number of “newbies” in this production who will grace our stage for years to come.
What about the students helping out behind the scenes?
Technical theater students don’t automatically qualify to work the show — they have to show initiative, drive and responsibility. They are under the tutelage of a technical theater professional who helps focus the students towards career opportunities in the theater arts.
How do you raise funds for the play? What are the challenges of not getting any school funding?
Tickets sales cover less than half the costs of producing the show. The [Alhambra High School] Thespians Club holds fundraisers, like selling See’s Candy, to help subsidize the shows, and the AHS Theater Boosters helps with refreshments and paying some costs.
Annie runs at Alhambra High School from April 12 and 13 and April 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. and April 14 at 11:30 a.m.
Article corrected on April 10, 2018 at 4:08 p.m. to reflect that Lew Snow is Rachel Snow’s father not mother.