Multi-award-winning musical "Annie" opens Little Theatre's 83rd season Thursday, Oct. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct 15, at Bristol Community College. Set in the 1930s, it is classic Americana, filled with song and dance numbers.
Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" — with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan — the original Broadway production opened in 1977 and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" are among the show’s most popular numbers.
“Annie was the best choice for us this year," director Paula Arruda said. "Optimism is the message this little orphan brings to all she meets, no matter the circumstance. Does this ring true in today’s times? Absolutely. I am thrilled to present this cast of 60, with 31 of them being young people. They have kept me young during this run and have filled this older lady with newfound optimism.”
Starring as Annie is Jane Kristiansen with David Mello as Daddy Warbucks. Also featured are Sarah DeMoranville as Lily St. Regis, Ryan Durkay as Rooster Hannigan, Pamela Morgan as Miss Hannigan and Kennedy Ryan as Grace Farrell.
In addition to Arruda, the "Annie" creative team includes musical director Eli Bigelow; and choreographers Jen Bellanti, Nina Calvo, Jillian Goulet, Loralee Levesque and Raylin Medina. Set and costume design are by Aaron Gendreau-Visco. Cecily Arruda is stage manager.
Annie is sponsored, in part, by BankAmerica /Merrill Lynch.