Leapin’ Lizards – It’s ANNIE!


Eve-Marie Webster as Miss Hannigan with orphans (l-r) Sophie Appel, Samantha Boragine, Samantha Bardon, Jillian Reeve, Marley Shaw, Olivia Dufresne and Emma Sheldon

(photo by Robert Emerson)

We open our 97th season with the Tony Award©-winning musical, ANNIE! Based on the timeless comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie”, this delightful musical celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie rises from next-to-nothing in the 1930’s New York City.  She is determined to find her parents, who left her at the orphanage years ago in the clutches of the evil Miss Hannigan.  With the help of the other orphans, Annie manages to foil Hannigan’s greedy plans and find a new family with billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell and her lovable dog, Sandy.  With songs like Tomorrow, It’s a Hard Knock Life, Maybe and NYC you’ll be sure to leave the theatre with a song in your heart.

A perfect outing for the whole family, ANNIE is directed by Brian Mulvey, with musical direction by Ron Procopio, and choreography by Leslie Racine Vazquez. The cast stars Olivia Dufresne as Annie, Michael Thurber as “Daddy” Warbucks, Eve-Marie Webster as Miss Hannigan, Lia DelSesto McAlpine as Grace, Laura Benjamin as Lily St. Regis, Kevin Killavey as Rooster and features Sophie Appel, Eric Barbato , Samantha Bardon,  Samantha Boragine ,Lynda DiStefano, Paul Gagne,Lee Hakeem, David Lichtenstein, Jim Lyons, Ed Mastriano, , Steve Morris, Tanya Puniskis, Jillian Reeve, Marley Shaw, Emma Sheldon, Cassidy Snyder, Kimberly Spera, Lee Spooner, Megan Spooner, Kevin Thibault,  Lauren Trad, Emily Van Pelt, and Heather Vieira .

Audience members attending opening night will be entered into a drawing for a chance to go home with a special prize! Fundraising on performance nights will benefit the Children’s Shelter of Blackstone Valley. Performances are November 10-12 and 17-19Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, with an additional 2:00 pm matinee on Saturday, November 18th.  Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for youth and students. E-tickets are available to purchase and print at home (click on the Annie logo above) or reserve at (401) 726-6860.