That spunky little redhead is at it again, this time at the Old Barn Community Theatre.
The beloved musical "Annie" -- based on the popular comic strip heroine -- takes center stage in a production opening Friday, June 8, at the theater in Collinston.
" 'Annie' is one of the great musicals that relates to all ages, across all time periods," said director Audrey Mason in an email interview. "I have fond memories of watching the Tonys in 1977 when 'Annie' won seven awards. The songs are timeless and the story of a spunky, optimistic girl has everyone smiling. There is a reason why they are reviving it again on Broadway."
"Annie" is the story of a Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents. As a baby, Annie was left on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel and embittered Miss Hannigan.
In adventure after adventure, the streetwise Annie foils Miss Hannigan's villainous intentions, befriends U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The Old Barn cast includes Providence residents Jenny Albrechtsen and Makiah Coburn doublecast as Annie, David Farnsworth of Hyde Park as Oliver Warbucks, Afton Lovell of Smithfield as Grace, Kris Udy of Providence as Miss Hannigan, Sam Farnsworth of Hyde Park as Rooster and Sylvia Newman of North Logan as Lily.
The ensemble includes a cast of lovable, rambunctious orphans that has made this production particularly fun for its director and an ideal show for the community theater.
" 'Annie' gives me a wonderful opportunity to work with kids and introduce them to live theater," Mason said. "We are excited to perform the show."