GLADWIN – A theatre classic will be brought to life at the Gladwin City Park Amphitheater stage by Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre. Directed by Yvette Keast and featuring over 60 local community performers, this show is a part of the 40th anniversary celebration of GAFT providing theatre arts to Gladwin County.
The story of Annie begins in 1933 and the depths of the Depression. Annie played by Olivia Klein (13-years-old) is living in the Municipal Orphanage on New York’s Lower East Side. Miss Hannigan (Emily Olsen) is the principal in charge of the orphanage and needs no lessons on being compared to the wicked witch of the West. Annie decides to escape and try and find her parents. Naturally this proves unsuccessful. However, Grace Farrell (Ally Melcher), secretary to the millionaire Oliver Warbucks (Steven Levine) is searching for an orphan that she might invite back to the Warbucks’ household to celebrate Christmas.
Despite Warbucks’ initial disappointment that Grace has not found a boy, Oliver takes to her and institutes a nationwide search to try and find the little girl’s real parents. Miss Hannigan interferes and primes her brother Rooster (Isaac Morgan) and his girlfriend, Lily (Paige Heath) suggesting that they claim Annie as their daughter and thus the reward that goes with the information.
Meanwhile Annie is in Washington cheering up the president, Franklin D. Roosevelt (David Popps). However, Rooster and Lily turn up at the Warbucks’ and claim Annie – and the reward. Grace, however, has seen Rooster at Miss Hannigan’s office and smells a rat. Subsequently the couple’s fraudulent claim is exposed – at the same time it is discovered that Annie’s parents had, in fact, died some time ago. Warbucks’ plans to adopt Annie and her fellow orphans are invited back to the Warbucks’ home to share in the festival of Christmas – just as America looks forward to future prosperity in the wake of the depression.
Tickets are on sale now at Village Flowers, The Medicine Shoppe, Gladwin and Beaverton City Hall, Lyle Flowers, Chamber Office, Beaverton Pharmacy and limited tickets available at the door. Performance dates are: July 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. in the Gladwin City Park beautiful outdoor amphitheater.
Call 989-435-2126 for more information or 989-802-1771 to pre purchase your tickets for the show!