On Stage: The Alban Arts Center puts "Annie" back in the spotlight

Promotional poster for the Alban Arts Center production of "Annie" (Courtesy Alban Arts Center)

The heart-tugging musical tale of an orphan in the Big Apple has been delighting audiences for 40 years.

Set during the Depression-era 1930s, the story of Little Orphan Annie is known all over the world. It started as a comic strip and later moved to the silver screen but perhaps its most famous interpretation is the 1977 Broadway musical which captured seven Tony awards.

"This is a show you don't really have to work very hard to get people to come out and see," Adam Bryan (Director) said. "Everybody loves 'Annie.' It's probably one of the most-performed musicals for community theatres across the country."

Annie is living a hard-knock in a New York orphanage when she decides to escape from the evil Miss Hannigan in search of better days. On the streets of the Big Apple, she meets a stray dog she names Sandy and together the two embark on an amazing adventure.

"It's a wonderful show," Karma Good (Annie) said. "It's been put together and it's really, it's very heartwarming."

Through a twist of fate, Annie eventually meets billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The little girl gets invited to spend the Christmas holiday at his mansion. Although initially unhappy about the child in his home, Warbucks warms up to her quickly.

"She just basically melts my heart at the end," Ric Bertolotti (Oliver Warbucks) said. "So, it's a fun production and I think really, the greatest thing about it is the orphans, the kids, Annie especially, she's done, Karma's done a great job."

The rest of the story focuses on Annie's hopes and dreams, which are in danger because of the evil schemes of Miss Hannigan and her partner. As the show continues, Annie goes on the radio, meets the president and brings hope and optimism to everyone she meets because the little girl is certain that tomorrow offers a better day.

"I do believe usually we think everything's going to turn out good," Good said.

The Alban Arts Center presents "Annie"
Friday-Saturday December 8-9 / 15-16 at 8pm
Matinees Sunday 10 and 17 at 2pm
65 Olde Main Plaza, St Albans, WV
$15 Adults / $10 Senior/Child

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