Comics heroine comes to Theatre Lawrence

Annie will charm the hearts of all when she takes the Theatre Lawrence stage November 30 – December 16. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and is the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including Tomorrow, and Hard Knock Life and opens on Friday, November 30th.
A plucky, orphan girl, Annie (Adelle Spiess and Vivi Riffel) is on a mission to find her parents in 1930s New York City, after being abandoned years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Amanda Clark). With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes and experiences adventure in The Big Apple, making friends with billionaire Daddy Warbucks (Hank Rischar), Franklin D. Roosevelt (Dean Bevan) and a lovable dog, Sandy (Winnie) until finally finding her forever home. Annie‘s rags to riches tale is guaranteed to please audiences and remind us that helping those who are less fortunate can turn out to be the most rewarding gift of all.
The production boasts a large cast headed by two young ladies, (Adelle Spiess and Vivi Riffel) who have been double cast in the role of Annie.  The large cast includes: Genée Figuieras as Grace Farrell, Tony Console as Rooster, Annie Sauerburger as Lily, and the large list of double cast orphans, Caroline Börk, Isabelle Colon-Alba, Jazzlyn Fowler, Olivia Goeser, Abigayle Groves, Tilly Johnson, Katie Mastrosimone, Juliet Outka, Julia Ruddy, Giulia Ventello, Delaney Wagner, Mimi Wood.  The ensemble includes Aaron Polson, Kim Polson, Don Hires, Bob Newton, Collier Case, Denniel Correa-Olma, Anj Riffel, Gabrielle Smith, Coy Garrett, Kim Luce, Jillian Miller, Uma Outka, Tim Alderman, Jordan Pine, and stray dog, Buster.
Direction for the show is by Doug Weaver, Choreography by Molly Gordon, Music Direction by Mary Baker, Set Design by James Diemer, Lighting Design by Danny Rogovein, Sound Design by Bob Newton, Costume Design by Jane Pennington and Stage Management by Nora Elbayoumy.
If you know people in the cast, please check to see if your favorite orphan is part of the “pink” cast or the “purple” cast before you reserve your tickets.
An exhibit featuring the work of Luella Vaccaro will be on display in the Oldfather Lobby.
EVENING SHOWS: November 30 | December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 @ 7:30 PM
MATINEE SHOWS: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 2:30 PM
For tickets: 785-843-SHOW (7469) | Box Office hours 11:30-4:30 M-F

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