POMEROY — “The sun’ll come out, tomorrow.”
Everyone’s favorite little red-headed orphan will soon grace the stage with River City Players (RCP). RCP will be presenting Annie at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug., 5, as well as 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. Performances will be at Mulberry Community Center and tickets are $10.
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.therivercityplayers.com, as well as at the door as long as tickets are remaining. Tickets for Friday’s performance are nearly sold out, but there are still tickets remaining for Saturday and Sunday. Annie is being produced in conjunction with Wolfe Mountain Entertainment and with sponsorship from Farmers Bank.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, and set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1930s, this beloved musical tells the story of little orphan Annie, (portrayed by Claire Howard) who is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan (portrayed by Dixie Sayre). With the help of the other children in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC in search of a couple that has the remaining half of her locket which her parents left with her.
After being escorted back to the orphanage by the police, Annie is chosen to visit the Warbucks mansion, home to billionaire Oliver Warbucks (portrayed by Brian Howard), by Warbucks’ personal secretary, Grace Farrell (portrayed by Renée Stewart). Warbucks and Grace introduce Annie to a life of luxury and escort her around NYC. Annie quickly steals Warbucks’ heart and he wishes to adopt her, only to learn that Annie wishes to locate her real parents. Warbucks enlists the help of the FBI, and even uses his ties to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (portrayed by Gary Walker). Warbucks offers a $50,000 reward in the search for Annie’s parents, which soon draws the attention of Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster, (portrayed by Dan Dunham) and Lily St. Regis (portrayed by Amy Perrin). The trio concocts a scheme to get Annie, and more importantly the reward money, which all come to a head at Warbucks’ mansion with the FBI’s results on the whereabouts of Annie’s parents.
Under the direction of Bruce Wolfe, and based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features songs such as “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Little Girls,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “I Don’t Need Anything but You.”
Rounding out the cast of Annie’s friends at the orphanage comprise many first-time performers and include Allison Bradbury, Ava Buckley, Madison Chapman, Adryelle Clagg, Olivia Dill, Elliotte Grate, Levi Grate, Lily King, Maveryk Lisle, Hunter Person, Terin Reiber, Audrey Riffle, Jayln Short, Carolina Sola, Sadie Sterrett, Ross Stewart, and Cole Williams.
Also featured in the cast are Diana Bissell, Kamryn Diddle, Melanie Dudding, Julie Howard, Nathan Jeffers, Laura Miller, Jack Musser, Destiny Racer, Brian Reed, and Shyra Summers, and Jen Trotta. Making a special appearance as Sandy the dog is Halle.
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