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‘Annie’ features veteran local cast

Pagosa Springs Music Boosters is excited and proud to bring “Annie” to the Pagosa stage for its 50th production since 1989. 

“Annie” is a Broadway musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.

The musical ran for nearly six years on Broadway, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theater). It spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours, and won the Tony Award for Best Musical.

The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” are its more popular pieces.

It is 1933 and 11-year-old Annie is in the Municipal Girls Orphanage in New York City.  Annie decides to escape to find her parents, but is caught by  a cop sent by Hannigan, the orphanage supervisor who is currently suffering from a hangover, as is her daily habit. Billionaire “Daddy Warbucks” requests an orphan to spend time at his mansion; his loyal assistant Grace brings Annie home — and after many trials and hilarious tribulations, Annie is eventually adopted by Warbucks as she changes his life.

 “Annie” had its World Premiere on Aug. 10, 1976, at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut.  The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theater on April 21, 1977 and starred Andrea McArdle as Annie, Reid Shelton as Daddy Warbucks, Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan, and Sandy Faisdon as Grace Farrell.  During the Broadway run of “Annie,” there were four touring companies that were launched from the original production to bring the show to major U.S. cities, plus a London production in 1978.  In 2005, a 30th anniversary touring show began, continuing through 2010; it has been produced internationally in over 20 countries.

 Music Boosters is fortunate to have in Pagosa outstanding,  seasoned and professional veterans in their local production: 

Dave Armbrecht is Daddy Warbucks; Lue Armbrecht is Miss Hannigan; Sierra Hewett and Jarett Heber are Rooster and Lily; Laura Stine is Grace Farrell; and local talent Johannah Laverty portrays “Annie”.  Both Sierra and Johannah played Tiny Tim in past versions of the Boosters’ “A Christmas Carol,” along with Dave and Lue in title roles.  Jarett was last seen in a starring role in “Into the Woods” with Music Boosters, while Sierra and Laura recently completed lead and supporting roles in “High School Musical.”

Show dates are  June 25, 26, 27 and 30, and July 1 and 2.