WILLISTON, N.D. - When Williston's new high school opened, there were still a few finishing touches that needed to be made to the theatre. But with those finished, the drama department is ready to perform its first musical in a new home.
It's tech week for the production of Annie.
"It's coming together. The show is coming together slowly but surely," says Eric Rooke, director.
And they're bringing an American classic to life.
"Annie is a show about a young orphan who is stuck in this orphanage and all she wants to do is get out and find her parents. But the opportunity arises for her to stay with a billionaire," says Rooke.
When the curtain rises for the first time, there will be all kinds of new amenities the theatre provides.
"It's Incredible. The show is just going to be ten times better in this space versus the old school. We're given the opportunity to make it that much bigger and better," says Paige Wold, Annie.
The new space features a pit orchestra below the stage, a fully functional fly loft and a lighting system that can work via remote control.
"Having a state-of-the-art facility literally steps us up to the next level. It gives our kids the opportunity that very few schools in North Dakota," says Rooke.
Students are excited to be part of the first production in the new space.
"I am more than hyped to have the opportunity to perform on this stage for two years, have you seen this thing? It's incredible," says Wold.
"It's really special, just to be the first group of people in a building that could last for 50 years or more. To graduate from this and to be the lead male role in the musical for the first musical in the new building," says Brendon Skor, Mr. Warbucks
The production will run Thursday through Sunday in the new theatre. Tickets will be available at the door.