“The sun’ll come out tomorrow; Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun!”
Yes, in just a few short days everyone’s favorite musical, “Annie,” will come to life on the Ashe Civic Center stage. Directed by Grady Lonon, with musical direction by Michael Bell, and produced by Jane Lonon, Annie is set to run from June 27 through July 1. All performances will be held at the Ashe Civic Center with evening shows on June 27, 28, 29, and July 1, with curtain at 7:30 nightly, and a matinee performance with curtain at 2 p.m. on June 30.
Annie, based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977 and went on to win seven Tony Awards. A strong Ashe County Little Theatre cast will take the audience into Annie’s world.
The show places the ever optimistic Annie (Kelly Halsey) in New York City in the midst of the Great Depression, but nothing about Annie is depressed. From her indomitable spirit to her belief that one day she will have a family of her own, Annie quickly works her way into the heart of Oliver Warbucks (Jeff Dreyer), the billionaire; his secretary, Grace Farrell (Jana Greer), and all of the Warbucks’ servants (Kim Isler, Owen Peeler, Bobi Jo Scott, Annette Bednosky, Samantha Kepple, Doc Adams, Swift Black and Jim Wooten).
Balance this potentially perfect world with the manipulative evil of Miss Hannigan (Rachel Nave), her n’er do well brother Rooster (Jim Williams), and his girl friend, Lily St. Regis (Linda Dreyer), and the story line is set. Underscore this with the plight of Annie’s fellow orphans (Julia Bassett, Jordan Carlton, Abby Dollar, Hallie Grubb, Geli Macknee, Shelby Mayer, Zaelyn Micham, Saiah Scott, Jaylee Shoemake, and Anna Simmons), the fun of an old time radio show, and even an appearance of President Roosevelt and his cabinet, and you are set for a great story.
A live orchestra and a cast of 30 performers, all combine to make “Annie” the summer event you do not want to miss.
Reserved seating for Annie is available in advance from the Ashe County Arts Council. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students; they are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center, either in person, or by phone at 336-846-ARTS. Credit cards are accepted.
For more information please call the Ashe County Arts Council at 336-846-ARTS.