November 24, 2014

Director takes a bow

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Cast members of Williston Central School’s spring musical ‘Annie’ sing ‘You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long.’ For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer photo by Jayson Argento)

Cast members of Williston Central School’s spring musical ‘Annie’ sing ‘You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long.’ For more photos, visit the Web Extras section. (Observer photo by Jayson Argento)

A classic musical featuring a loveable upbeat orphan marked AJ Cronan’s last turn as artistic director of Williston Central School’s annual spring musical. 

“I definitely will miss it,” she said.

After four years leading the school’s annual spring musical, Cronin is stepping down to “focus on the other things in my life,” she said.

Putting the play together is a huge time commitment, said the full-time marketing director at DEW Construction. 

Cronan said she will stay on to help the school find a replacement, and will still be involved with theater. She is on the board of directors for Lyric Theatre, and is taking over as the organization’s education chair.

Cronan said she chose “Annie” because it has opportunities for large amounts of students to participate, especially girls, who Cronan said typically far outnumber boys in auditions. This year’s cast was smaller than normal at 58, she said.

Cronan took over after longtime drama director Al Myers passed away unexpectedly after falling from a ladder while working on the set of a 2010 Williston Central School play.

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