It’s a Hard-Knock Life

It’s been nearly 24 hours, and the melody of the song “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” from the classic musical, “Annie,” is still embedded in my skull.

The very mention of it, harmoniously sung by dozens of children, is all it takes to transfer the song from person to person. By the end of the day, you’ll be humming/whistling it, as well. Muhaha.

The funny thing is, I’ve never seen a performance of the classic story about little orphan Annie. To my recollection, the only place I would have ever heard the tune is on commercials advertising it around Chicagoland.

Yesterday evening, I caught a sneak peek of the play, being performed by children in the Marquee Youth Stage, a recently-formed non-profit in St. Charles. M.Y. Stage is an educational organization looking to provide youths with enrichment opportunities (I’m paraphrasing from their website).

The rehearsal at the Arcada Theater on Main Street in St. Charles was entertaining, and from what I can tell, the young cast–ages 6 to 15– is very talented. The photo was taken during the aforementioned song, in which the children of the orphanage are singing, “From all the cryin’ you would think this place’s a sink! Ohhhh!!!!!!! Empty belly life!  Rotten smelly life!  Full of sorrow life! No tomorrow life.”