Big Bay drama takes on “Annie”
“Annie” is a Tony Award winning play, revamped into a high energy sing-a-long for all to enjoy.
Annie, played by vivacious Robin Krehbiel, is a spunky, red headed orphan, determined to find her parents. First she hatches a plan to escape from the New York City Orphanage, run by the cruel and sometimes tipsy Miss Hannigan, portrayed with comic perfection by Allison Farley. With the help of her fellow orphans, (played by Jillian Jensen, Vanessa Damer, Jordyn Bradshaw, Kaitlin Halvorson, Kristen Pyke, Madison McPhee, Emma Fiegal, Ariel Cousineau, Anna Oslund, Carol Rose Trotti, and Camryn Chaperone), she succeeds, only to be foiled by Officer Ward (Colton Richard). She’s returned to the “hard knock life” of the orphanage, but only until Grace Farrell (Kendra Bloom), private secretary of a billionaire, invites her to the mansion for the Christmas holiday. The butler (Devin Jensen) and the rest of the servants (Alicia Raredon, Sarah Miller, Erin Kurth, Ilana Cooper, Niki Gustafson, Mackenzie McPhee and Randy Johnson), are delighted with their young guest. Oliver Warbucks - the billionaire, (played by Ken Peterson) isn’t so sure, but Annie soon “wraps him around her cute little finger”. Then Warbucks does everything in his power, including offering a $50,000 reward, to reunite Annie with her parents. He sends out a plea over the popular Bert Healy (John Green) radio program and even elicits help from President Roosevelt.
Throughout the crazy cat and mouse chase, Miss Hannigan along with her accomplices, Rooster Hannigan (John Miller) and Lily St. Regis (Christine Knudson), try to fool everybody into thinking that they are Annie’s parents, in order to nab the reward and live on “Easy Street”. Along the way, Annie strolls the streets of N.Y.C., finds a lovable stray dog, Sandy, and cheers up the residents of a depression era shanty town, cuz “the sun will come out tomorrow”. The cast is completed by Paige Damer, Molly Slavinksi, David Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Holly Severin, Milinda McNally, Brianne Halvorson, Caitlyn Sefcik, Nolan Raredon, Tyler Sundling, Angus McPhee and Jackson Highlund.
Play show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for children ages 12 and under, and $10 for general admission. The doors will open 45 minutes prior to show time.
For more information, call Big Bay de Noc High School at 644-2773.