The annual Logan County middle school musical production this past week with a large, talented group of kids performing Annie Jr.
This was the fourth year for the production, which is sponsored by the Logan County family resource and youth services center.
“We have grown every year since we started it,” said director Melanie Manley. “Every year we have more kids that want to be a part of it.”
The play wrapped up on Monday with three back-to-back performances for the Logan County elementary school students.
“We figured that we had about 1,400 people watch the three shows on Monday,” Manley said. “The school day performances have grown each year too.”
The play took place at Crossroads Church, which graciously allowed the students to use the sanctuary for both the performances and practices.
“We had been practicing three days a week since February - minus the snow days,” Manley said. “The students always learn a lot about theater and drama, but they also learn some great lessons in self confidence as well.”
As in years past, the play had multiple actors playing the lead roles.
“We have so many kids that audition that are super talented,” Manley said. “And we just want to give as many of them a chance as we can. Even when they are not playing their lead role, they are still in every show - they just play a background part. That also makes it great when you have someone that is sick.”
Students from Logan County High School also helped as part of the production crew.
“So we had students from all our schools taking part in the play this year,” Manley said.