Director Susan Williams has cast more than 30 islanders in this play based on the comic strip character, Little Orphan Annie (played by 9-year-old ElsaDora Arendt). Her story unfolds in 1933 New York City during the Great Depression where the young optimistic orphan lives in a dreary orphanage in the tenement section of N.Y.C. Then there’s the despicable Miss Hannigan, sweet secretary Grace and millionaire Daddy Warbucks, orphans, and the beloved music, including “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life”.
Susan says while the story and some of the costumes (including Annie’s dress) will be the same as presented in 1989, the scenery will be very different and the orchestra will be much larger. But there will also be islanders who were involved in the play originally, including Susan (who played Grace in 1989) and costume designer Anita Welch (who played Lilly St. Regis). “I thought it would be really fun to go back to where we started,” said Susan.
Admission: Adults $20, students $10, RUSH $5 – on May 15, Adults $16 and students $8
Date/Time: Friday and Saturday, May 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays May 15-17 and 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., Sundays May 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.
Location: Whittier Theatre, San Juan Community Theatre, 100 2nd St.