Annie live on stage at Dutch Apple

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Everybody’s favorite redhead is back!

That spunky orphan Annie, along with her loveable mutt Sandy, outwit the bad guys. Come to the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre to relive your fond memories of Annie live on stage! Annie opens June 27 and runs through August 10. 

The story begins in a New York City orphanage where many girls are living a rather glum life under the rule of the mean-spirited director, Miss Hannigan. Annie is a smart, street-wise girl who is one of the few orphans who believes her parents are returning for her. When billionaire Daddy Warbucks takes in Annie just for the Christmas holiday, she ends up warming his cold, business-minded heart. As he grows to love Annie, Warbucks decides to adopt her and goes on the radio to offer a reward for anyone who can identify themselves as Annie’s parents in hopes that they won’t show up. Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster and girlfriend Lily plot to steal the reward money… and Annie. 

Annie’s memorable songs are really what makes this show special. Whether it’s the orphans singing It’s A Hard Knock Life or Miss Hannigan and friends scheming their evil plan in Easy Street, you are sure to leave the theatre humming. Plus there’s fun numbers like You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile and I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here. And don’t forget Annie’s endearing solos Maybe and Tomorrow, plus many more!

Annie is one of the all-time best musicals. Inspired by a Depression-era comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” the show was brought to Broadway in 1977, winning the Tony for Best Musical, running for over 2,300 performances and at one point, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Annie! In 1982, it was made into a film, where the characters were made immortal with vivid performances by Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Tim Curry as Rooster and Bernadette Peters as Lily. Since then, the show has been done all over the world, including a 1997 Broadway revival and even a musical sequel, Annie Warbucks.

Annie features 20 local youth including Emily Beckman, Zoe Buchanan, Cora Cook, McKenna Donaldson, Olivia Eichler, Julie Eshenauer, Paige Fairbanks, Carly Geiter, Abby Leiboff, Clara Mecouch, Scarlett Meyer, Addison Niven, Arabelle Petersheim, Mychaela Rosario, Raya Samuel, Jayda Segal, Alyssa Shreiner, Grace Signor and Ariana Stambaugh (Annie understudy). The youth are double cast into two teams that can be seen throughout the run of the show. 

Starring as Annie is Piper Sobon, who played this role last summer at the Dutch Apple’s sister theatre Broadway Palm in Fort Myers, Florida. Sobon has also been seen at the Dutch Apple as Fan in A Christmas Carol, Jane in Mary Poppins, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Gracie in The Music Man. She is an active participant in the Broadway Bound summer camps at Dutch Apple as well as a member of the Pulse Dance Competition Team. 

The adult cast features newcomers Meagan Michelson as Miss Hannigan and Bennett Leeds as Rooster. The role of Oliver Warbucks will be played by Dutch Apple veteran, Victor Legarreta, who is reprising the role from last summer’s production at Broadway Palm. And Lily St. Regis will be played by Dutch Apple veteran Theresa Walker, who is also reprising the role from last summer’s production at Broadway Palm. Walker played Tessie in Annie here at the Dutch Apple when she was seven years old. Here she is again, in Annie for the fourth time. Walker says, “Hearing the overture every night still makes me feel like that little girl whose heart was racing, anticipating the curtain coming up! Some things never change.” 

Don’t miss Annie at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre June 27 – August 10. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Adult dinner and show ticket prices range from $58 to $67. Child dinner and show pricing is available for just $25 for children under 12 and $30 for students ages 13-18. Group pricing is available for groups of 16 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (717) 898-1900, ordering online at DutchApple.com or by stopping at the box office at 510 Centerville Rd in Lancaster.

Be sure to check out the additional shows & concerts that Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre has planned:

*Blog post submitted by Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

 

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA 17601
717-898-1900

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