‘Hard Knock Life’ continues through Dec. 4

NorthStar Theatre held its opening of “Hard Knock Life” on Nov. 25 and showings will continue through Dec. 4 at the Elk River High School Little Theater.

Jeff Maas, playing Rooster Hannigan; Russ Branjord, playing Jon Dillinger; Eva Jones, playing Sadie Wells; and Lizzie Insellman, playing Becky Waldorf in a “Hard Knock Life.”
Jeff Maas, playing Rooster Hannigan; Russ Branjord, playing Jon Dillinger; Eva Jones, playing Sadie Wells; and Lizzie Insellman, playing Becky Waldorf in a “Hard Knock Life.”

The play has been written by Jeff Maas, of Champlin and Jamie Cassidy, Otsego. It is the continuing story of the orphans from the musical Annie, set in 1933 and 34.
Hard Knock Life gives the emotional highs and lows of what life could have been like in New York City December 1933. The time period accurate tale features a wide variety of music and storytelling that gives a more in-depth look into the folks living the hard knock life.

Submitted photos. Pictured in the foreground is Cindy Insellman, playing Eleanor Roosevelt; Janine Wilke playing Miss Hannigan; Erin O’Neal, playing Helen Thomas; and Amber Pomeroy, playing Mrs. Thomas. To their right is the Womans’ Press Corps, which features the following actors: Olivia Ames, Abby Peterson, Madison Erickson, Emily Mize, Reagan Lassle, Dailey Matejka and Jade Murray.
Submitted photos. Pictured in the foreground is Cindy Insellman, playing Eleanor Roosevelt; Janine Wilke playing Miss Hannigan; Erin O’Neal, playing Helen Thomas; and Amber Pomeroy, playing Mrs. Thomas.
To their right is the Womans’ Press Corps, which features the following actors: Olivia Ames, Abby Peterson, Madison Erickson, Emily Mize, Reagan Lassle, Dailey Matejka and Jade Murray.

“It’s a touching and sometimes humorous script that includes lots of historical detail,” according to the play’s director, Eileen Anderson. “The music is fabulous.”
The cost of tickets is $15 for children and $17 for adults. They can be purchased online at www.nstartheatre.org.
There is a mix of matinee and evening performances Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 1-4. For showtimes, visit www.nstartheatre.org.