Annie! opens September 14!
The first official production of the 2018-2019 season opens September 14 and offers eight chances to see Annie!
SWPH opens its 2018-2019 season with a bang! Annie, one of the most requested productions by our patrons, will open on Friday, September 14 and play 8 times! This will be one of the first times SWPH has offered Saturday matinees in an effort to be even more accessible. Director Melissa McSpadden has the challenge of bringing this beloved story to life, and she admits that she’s had a lot of help from her amazing cast, crew, and other volunteers - especially the parents of the many children involved in the production.
Director McSpadden also cast two different sets of orphans and two different Annies! Landri Jones will be playing the title role for the opening weekend, while Jaylen Byrd will take over the role for the second weekend. Each Annie is accompanied by different sets of orphans. Melissa stated, “One of our many challenges, as well as blessings, was to double cast six of the orphans, plus Annie. We knew before auditions took place that our talent pool was overflowing, with “little girls, little girls,” but were pleasantly surprised to see a great number of adults and young teens who equally enhanced this fantastic show.”
Tickets are going fast, so get yours today!
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. (Synopsis provided by Music Theatre International.)
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