One of the most popular comic strip heroines takes center stage in “Annie” at the Highlands Playhouse through Sunday, August 17. The original Broadway production of “Annie” won seven 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book, and Score.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Little Orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She befriends President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Boasting one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street, N.Y.C.” and the famed “Tomorrow,” Annie will leave you with an ever-optimistic feel that the sun will come out tomorrow.
Annie will star 16-year-old Highlands resident Bailey Baker. Bailey was selected because of her incredible talent as a young actress with a dynamic voice and magnetic stage presence. She has been performing in the Highlands community since she was very young, and she has been the talk of the town to be the star of “Annie.”
The evil Miss Hannigan will be played by the well-loved Heidi Spoon. Heidi originally hails from New York City where she enjoyed a career in musical theatre for over 20 years. She has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Broadway National Tours, International tours, regional theatre, cruise ships, church basements, nightclubs and barns.
“‘Annie’ is a good, old-fashioned Broadway show, “says Artistic Director Bill Patti. “It is light hearted and has an incredibly sweet message. What excites me the most is how well we are integrating the community into the production. We have orphans from Highlands, Franklin and Rabun County. They are six of the most talented young ladies that I have had the pleasure of watching perform and the audiences are going to adore them. Also, we are utilizing a cast of 24 in “Annie.” That will make it the biggest show at the Playhouse in quite a few years!”
The Highlands Playhouse is located at 362 Oak Street, Highlands. Individual tickets for “Annie” are $30 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8:00 P.M. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M. Group tickets (10 or more) are available now at savings up to 30 percent. For additional information or to order tickets, call the Box Office at (828) 526-2695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Tammy Hernandez