Cedar Valley College
Director Dr. Sam Germany Choreographer Lori Newmann
Announces It's Fall 2004 Production:
Follow the Depression Era story of "Little Orphan Annie" and her orphan friends who initially struggle under the heavy hand of mean, old Miss Hannigan of the NYC Municipal Orphanage. Rejoice when Annie gets to go to spend two weeks at Christmas with billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Sigh at the futile attempts to find Annie's real parents, thwarted by the conniving of Miss Hannigan, Rooster, and Lily. Rejoice finally in the bringing of these to justice, thanks to the help of Warbucks and friend Pres. FDR, as Annie finally gets to be adopted by Daddy Warbucks.
The original production, inspired by Harold Gray's Little Orphan Annie comic strip (which premiered on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News), began at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut, before moving to the Kennedy Center in Washington and opening on Broadway to immense success. Produced by illustrious film director Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate), the Broadway production ran for an astonishing 2,377 performances, making it the third-longest running musical of the '70s. It spawned four separate national companies (one traveled for three and a half years) and dozens for international productions. Audience demand for Annie created two regional sequels before the authors perfected their final version, Annie Warbucks, and brought it to New York City in 1993. Stars associated with Annie at one time or another include Dorothy Loudon, Carol Burnett, Alice Ghostly, Betty Hutton, June Havoc (Miss Hannigan), Bernadette Peters, Rita Rudner (Lily), Ann Reinking, Mary Bracken Phillips (Grace), Reid Shelton, Harve Presnell, Albert Finney (Daddy Warbucks), Danielle Brisebois (Molly), Molly Ringwald (Kate), Sarah Jessica Parker, Alyssa Milano, Allison Smith and Andrea McArdle (Annie). The 1997 Broadway Revival directed by Martin Charnin starred Conrad John Schuck (Warbucks) and Nell Carter (Miss Hannigan).
Popular songs from Annie:
Tomorrow, Hard Knock Life, You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, Smile, Maybe, Easy Street, I Don't Need Anything But You
"An intensely likable musical! ...It has a rare kind of gutsy charm" -The New York Times
"Spectacular on every count... a sudden reversion to the concept of fun." -Newsweek
"At the heart of musical comedy; big warm-hearted, funny and overflowing!" -New York Post
October 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23.
Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Matinees each Saturday at 1:30.
$4.00 for Children (ages 4 - 12)
$6.00 for Seniors (over 55)
$8.00 for Adults
Cedar Valley College Performance Hall
3030 North Dallas Avenue, Lancaster, Texas 75134