CTP’s production of ‘Annie’ coming to LPCA

Morgan Olsen and Ally Bourgeois with pup Jackson Carter. (Photo provided)

LAKE PLACID – The Community Theatre Players will host its spring production of “Annie,” Broadway’s most popular musical based on the popular comic strip about a little orphaned redhead.

Annie escapes from her miserable orphanage into 1930s New York City to search for her parents and finds that the sun always comes up “Tomorrow.”

The show will open on Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Additional performances are Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the following weekend: May 25, 26 at 7 p.m. and May 26, 27 at 1 p.m.

The original production of ANNIE opened April 21, 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and went on to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, seven Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Cast Show Album and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan) and Best Score (Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin). The show remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever. It ran for 2,377 performances after it first opened, and has been performed in 28 languages and has been running somewhere around the world for 39 years.

The beloved score for “Annie” includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Often called “America’s Happiest Musical,” “Annie” tells the story of a spunky red-headed orphan who longs to leave the orphanage and find her real parents. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie to spend Christmas at his mansion, Annie jumps at the chance to find her family; with the help of Warbucks’ promise of a $50,000 reward of course. But when the drunken Miss Hannigan and her con-artist brother try to make off with the reward money, the good guys win, the bad guys get caught and Annie finds love in the arms of her adopted ‘Daddy’ Warbucks.

“Annie” is an uplifting story of courage and hope. Everyone needs to have a little dose of Annie’s positive attitude sometimes, and what better time than right now to remember the Sun will come out Tomorrow!

The production boasts a large cast headed by two young ladies (Ally Bourgeois and Morgan Olsen) who are double cast in the role of Annie. They are supported by a cast of 22 young ladies who play the orphans at Miss Hannigan’s Orphanage. Lonnie Ford takes the reins as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, with MaryCatherine Jadlos as Grace Farrell. Antonette McLaughlin stars as the boozy Miss Hannigan with CTP’s president Jason Brill taking on the role of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The supporting cast members and ensemble feature: Aaliyah Anastasia, Payton Barry, Jameson Batt, Ashley Brewer, Kelsie Burth, Tyler Burth, Swae Connor, Savannah Corrow, Eleanor Crowley, Anna Day, Juliana DeChavez, Jessica Deeb, Jon Fremante, Gabriella Gill, River Gray, Susan Gray, Will Gray, Katy Hoffnagle, Tasman Kanze, Stephanie Kilbourne-Hill, Heaven LaFever, Danielle LaMere, Kailyn Mader, Olivia Marocco, Samantha Marocco, Lindsey McCreadie, Kaylee McLean, Forrest Monroe, Pia Morrelli, Nikki Olsen, Peggy Orman, McCayla Quinn, Erin Quonce, Reid Pedu, Ella Robjent, Sarah Samperi, Parker Scanio, Carol Schmidt, Barbara Sheehy, Griffin Smith, Lucy Thill, Malea White, Abbie Wolff, Willow Wood.

And the play introduces Jackson Carter as Sandy, Annie’s 4-legged best buddy.

The production is under the direction of Bonnie B. Brewer with musical direction by Joey Izzo and choreography by Terpsie Toon.

Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $17 for seniors and students, $12 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling 518-523-2512 or visiting LakePlacidArts.org.

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