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Little Orphan Annie at ACT I Theatre


After weeks of rehearsal, the cast of "Annie, Jr." is ready to take the stage. Curtain for the production is June 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. From left, front row: Avery Goss, Fallyn Thomas, Isaac Anton, Merritt Mantz, Lauren Thomason, Casey Shelton and Eden Yauk. Second row: Josie Shelton, Toby Anton, Seth Braudrick, Tatum Ricke, Cole Justice, Julie Church, Teagan Cook, Kade Parker. Third row: Christina Jenlink, Raegan Reiman, Preston Braudrick, Davin Budy, Kaden Lambert. Fourth row: Travis Hazelwood, Dash Dickey, Emily Barton, Kylee Harzman, Delaney Lambert, Ryleigh Orcutt, Laura Anton, Jaylin Scribner, Aubrey Towns, Bailey Nusser. Back row: Nathan Orcutt, Dravin Lehr, Bethany Towns, Laura McHarry, Alex Ridgway, Joe Parsons. Not pictured: Spencer Kinzie, Elisabeth Ridgway, Wyatt Adams and choreographer Lauren Parker.

Thirty nine young actors will take center stage at ACT I Theatre on June 28, 29 and 30 in a musical theatre adaptation of one of the world's best-loved comic strips, "Little Orphan Annie." Adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a book and score by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, "Annie, Jr." features the irrepressible little redhead in an adventure of a lifetime in New York City.

As an infant, Annie is abandoned on the front steps of the New York City Municipal Orphanage, run by the overly strict and sometimes cruel Miss Hannigan. All she has to remember her parents by is a broken locket and a note from them promising they would return for her someday. Annie resolves to find her parents, and through charm, street smarts and sheer determination ends up finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

"This has been a busy and fun five weeks of rehearsal," said Director Thamazin Harrison. "The cast has worked Monday through Friday for at least three hours a day since we started in May. Our young actors have volunteered their weekends working on sets and getting the theatre in shape for the upcoming performances. I'm so proud of them for their hard work and devotion to the arts and Alva Community Theatre. We are fortunate to have them as part of our ACT I family."

Call the theatre office for seating reservations at 580-327-0622 or purchase tickets at the door.

This project is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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