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A hard knock life

Annie (Jenna Tackaberry) shares a special moment with Sandy (Missy) during the Clear Creek Amana production of the American classic musical “Annie,” performed on Thursday, April 4, through Saturday, April 6, on stage at the district’s Performing Arts Center. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– It started as a comic strip in the 1930s, became a Broadway smash in the 1970s and 80s, and in April 2013, it hit the stage at Clear Creek Amana High School.
It’s “Annie,” a classic American Broadway smash chock-full of optimism, hope and catchy tunes that stick in your head for days.
Jenna Tackaberry donned the curly red wig for the title role in the CCA High School production, which ran April 4, through April 6, in the CCA Performing Arts Center. Sage Spiker took on the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, the hardened billionaire who opened his heart to the plucky orphan.
Cooper Horning portrayed the wicked orphanage director Miss Hannigan; Lydia Raim was Warbuck’s personal assistant Grace Ferrell, while Jake Swenka spent some time as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Missy the Dog took on the challenging and demanding role of Sandy, Annie’s iconic yellow-furred friend.
Mollie Sherman, Ellie Wichhart, Maia Davidson, Tehya Miles, Jessica Wayson and Ellie Iglehart portrayed Annie’s fellow orphans; Sam Watts played NYPD’s Lt. Ward.
Pete Huch, high school English teacher and drama coach directed the production with musical direction by Tracy Williams. Fawn Besten-Halter choreographed the production, Kristie Yoder was the artistic director and Ben Macumber, Amana Elementary principal, was the technical director.