Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Sunday, February 25, 2018

annie adoro te 1440 webCurtain call at the close of the show “Annie,” performed on June 18 and 19 brings out some of the 115-member cast of students of the Adoro Te homeschooling group and its Avon Mountain Drama Group, which presents an annual musical every June. (Photo by Karen O. Bray)

AVON – Taking the stage for the 12th year in a row in a year-end performance by the Avon Mountain Drama Group, a cast of 115 students of the Adoro Te Catholic homeschool organization treated over 350 invited guests to a production of the Broadway Junior version of “Annie” on June 18 and 19.

The setting was an outdoor theatre at the Avon home of an Adoro Te family who have hosted the annual performances since 2005.

Student actors and production team members ranged in age from 8 to 18 and represented over 40 families, about half of the Adoro Te community.

The well-known roles of Annie, Oliver Warbucks and Sandy were played by Leah Wehner as Annie, Charlie Mihaliak as Mr. Warbucks and Michael O’Brien-Constantino as the lovable mutt Sandy.

But it was an all-star cast of 115 student dramatists, including those in every role as well as the student stage management, set construction and numerous behind-the-scenes functions.

Except for the professionals hired to cast the shows, the staff is completely volunteer and consists of mothers, fathers, grandparents and students. Set pieces and costumes are donated or created using imagination and scrap materials.

As stated in the performance’s program, the Avon Mountain Drama Group was founded in 2005 as an organization to provide homeschooling families opportunities to learn stagecraft in a Catholic environment.

Adoro Te meets on Fridays at McCarthy Hall at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury. Father Christopher M. Ford, rector, said in a recent bulletin that the parish is “greatly enriched” by Adoro Te’s presence in its community of faith.