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You could say the role was made for Tina Rowe.

The Beatrice High School student, who stars as the lead in the school's production of the musical "Annie," said she and the title character share a lot in common.

“She’s an orphan and I was adopted so I don’t really know my parents and she doesn’t know what’s happened to her parents so I thought maybe going through her story I could tell mine at the same time,” Rowe said.

This Saturday, Beatrice High School students will open their production of “Annie.” The show will run for three days starting Saturday at 7 p.m.

Rowe is also excited to show off her dog, who is filling in as Sandy in the production.

“My dog who plays as Sandy will also be on stage with me and I think the kids will really get excited when they see her,"  she said. "Well, 'him,' actually."

The cast has had its scripts since the end of May, according to Senior Cole Crandall, who plays Mr. Warbucks, Annie's adoptive father. Students then started rehearsing a couple of weeks into the school year.

Senior Chloe Craig, who plays Grace Farrell, said that the set took a while to build, and with each rehearsal the cast got more comfortable with the set and each other.

“It took a while for the set to come together, but it looks really good now that it’s done,” Craig said.

The students had the chance to audition for any role. Any students who auditioned were all assigned roles. Crandall said he only auditioned for the role of Warbucks because it’s what he wanted most.

Hannah Kassmeier said that she always lands the mean roles so she knew that Miss Hannigan would be the best fit for her. She said she's excited to see how the crowd will react to her character's antics. 

Craig believes that the audience will love the orphan scenes because they are her favorite as well.

“I think I like the orphan scenes a lot and I think the public will too, with all the dramatics with Hannigan and the built-on stage," she said. "It’s cool because it looks like a little orphanage." 

Show times are Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Monday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.

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