Musical opens Saturday at WHS
The Waupaca Community Theatre will stage six performances of “Annie” at Waupaca High School’s Performing Arts Center.
Four shows are slated for 7 p.m. Saturday, July 29, and Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 3-5.
Two matinees are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sundays, July 30 and Aug. 6.
Set during the Great Depression, “Annie” follows the story of an orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her on the steps of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.
Annie escapes the orphanage, befriends President Franklin D. Roosevelt and finds a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” was first performed on Broadway in 1977. The musical includes such hit songs as “Maybe,” “N.Y.C.,” “Easy Street,” “Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “A New Deal For Christmas” and “Tomorrow.”
The book and score are by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
“Annie” marks the Waupaca Community Theatre’s 20th consecutive summer musical production.
Holly Saunders, director of past Waupaca Community Theatre shows “The Music Man” and “The Wizard of Oz,” will direct this production of “Annie.”
The large cast includes Nevaeh Johnson as Annie, Tim Koll as Oliver Warbucks, Amy Marcom as Miss Hannigan, Steven Wilson as Rooster Hannigan, Julie Foote as Lily St. Regis, Pam Gusmer as Grace Farrell, Dave Larson as Bundles McCloskey and Marshall Lysne as Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Tickets are $12 and available at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce and at the PAC box office prior to each performance.