MANDATA - Line Mountain eighth-grade student Victoria Duffy will don the iconic red dress and curly hair next week in the school's production of "Annie."

Students tweaked dance steps and practiced marks Wednesday while they prepared for the show, which will be presented 7 p.m. March 1 and 2, and 3 p.m. March 3 in the junior/senior auditorium.

Duffy, a newcomer to the high school stage, said she is excited and "ready to go" to play little red-haired orphan Annie. Duffy keeps the musical moving with her articulation and expressions.

Stage veterans Courtlyn Trautman, a junior, and Victoria Wolfe, a senior, command the roles of Lily and the alcoholic Miss Hannigan. Trautman portrayed Bonnie in last year's production of "Anything Goes." Wolfe recently dazzled audiences as Dorothy in Anthracite Citizens Theatre's (ACT) production of "The Wizard of Oz."

Supporting cast includes Sam Ferster as Oliver Warbucks, Nathanial Wetzel as Rooster, Casey Klinger as Grace, Falconer Walshaw-Wertz as FDR, Abbie Shervinskie as Pepper, Alyssa Lambert as Molly, Meadow Walshaw-Wertz as Tessie and Madison Trautman as Duffy.

Dozens of students also serve as additional cast, orchestra members, set designers and stage and tech crew. The show is directed by Christine Sanders.

Line Mountain students receive free admission, as do senior citizens who present a senior citizen card. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students from other districts and also children. To reserve tickets, call 758-2011 or email llong@linemountain.com.