Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Last Curtain Call

Rosslyn Academy's Production of Annie the Musical
April 21-29, 2017

Emma and Tristan after last night's show

It was bittersweet to be a part of Tristan's last night of Annie. As the show closed, it marked his ninth and final production with the Rosslyn High School theatre department. From his debut in Pirates of Penzance in spring 2013, Tristan has grown so much.

We are so thankful that he and Emma have had this shared experience of being a part of such an incredible community. The process of working with such a wonderful group of people has shaped our kids and will always be some of their greatest memories of growing up in Nairobi. 

We are thrilled to share a few pictures from last night. 

Hard Knock Life!

Annie in Hooverville

Thank you, officer!

Little Girls!

The frazzled Miss Hannigan

I think I'm gonna like it here!

Warbucks returns

Never mind Barney! I'm going to the movies...


Emma in the NYC Chorus


Back at the Hudson Street Orphanage

Enter Rooster and Lily St. Regis

The villainous trio

The Oxydent Hour of Smiles

Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

The Beautiful Boylan Sisters

The orphans

The Rooster!

The scheme begins

When the Rooster wants something to disappear, it disappears!


Emma in the servants chorus

The wonderful Warbucks

"Ralph Mudge" finds his Annie

Imagine... a pig farm in New Jersey

Hannigan meets Warbucks


The cast

A few after show pictures

Tristan, Michael, and Ezra

We are so thankful for the incredible friendships that God has blessed our children with during these past eleven years at Rosslyn Academy. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Day at the Theatre

Children (and a very excited mom) meeting Annie after Wednesday's performance. Earlier this week, Erica brought a group of thirty-five children and chaperones from the CBM self-help group program in Eastleigh, to attend a special performance of Annie the Musical for schools and children ministries in Nairobi.

Annie and daddy Warbucks on stage at Rosslyn Academy

We were so excited to share Rosslyn Academy's latest High School production with children in the SHG program. Over the past five months, director Audrey Statler and the army of cast, crew, orchestra and parent/teacher volunteers have been working together to stage another incredible show.

The story of Annie and her contagious optimism connected with the student audience, many of whom had never heard of Annie before. It was such a fun afternoon being in the stands as the kids cheered, laughed, and hummed along with the show. 

After the show, everyone wanted their pictures with the cast

Emma and one of our students

Tristan hanging out with some of the boys

Everyone in their seats -- let the show begin!

Hard Knock Life!

Grace comes to the orphanage to take Annie to Warbuck's for Christmas

The Servant Chorus prepare the mansion for a special guest

I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here

Miss Hannigan meets Rooster's new girl, Lily

The scheming begins

Easy Street

Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Bert Healy and those beautiful Boylan Sisters

Enter the Mudges...

... no pig farm for Annie ...

The Jig is Up!

We want to thank everyone who made it possible for our group to come and experience the theatre, especially the Rosslyn students who have poured their hearts into this performance. Bravo!

Grammie surprising Emma backstage before the show