Musical ‘Annie’ coming back to New Albany

New Albany High School will present “Annie” for their annual school musical this year.
The show, which initially ran on Broadway for nearly six years and won a Tony for best musical, will be presented on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the NAHS Auditorium.
“Annie” is based on the popular and also-long-running comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” drawn by Harold Gray.
The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” are among its most popular musical numbers.
The play’s story begins December 1933 in an orphanage in New York City. One of the orphans, Annie, can’t sleep and tells the other girls how her parents left her there with a locket and will return for her someday. Woken by the voices, the owner of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan, demands the girls clean from floor to ceiling, even though it’s the middle of the night. As they finish, Annie escapes in a laundry basket.
Alone on the streets, Annie encounters a stray dog whom she names Sandy. She manages to persuade a suspicious police officer that the dog is hers, but she is soon rounded up and returned to the orphanage. Miss Hannigan is about to punish her when a visitor arrives. The visitor is Grace Farrell, personal secretary to Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire. In an effort to display a positive image, Mr. Warbucks has invited an orphan to spend the holidays at his mansion. Much to Miss Hannigan’s disgust, Grace chooses Annie.
Miss Hannigan receives even more unwelcome visitors. It’s her brother, recently released from jail, and his new girlfriend Lily St. Regis. They have come to visit her in the hope of a hand-out. While Miss Hannigan looks for a couple of dollars, Lily takes the time to relieve her of a few items of jewelry. The trio complain about their lot in life, they’d rather live in the lap of luxury just like Mr. Warbucks.
Back at the Warbucks Mansion, Mr. Warbucks has decided to adopt Annie. Upon telling her his intentions, Annie explains about her parents and the locket. Warbucks immediately alerts the FBI and starts a nationwide search for her real parents.
In Act Two, Annie is taking part in the Bert Healy radio show to ask her parents to come forward. Warbucks is offering a fifty-thousand dollar reward. In the orphanage, the girls are very excited at hearing their friend on the radio and join in the radio station’s theme song. Miss Hannigan enters to find out the cause of the commotion and the orphans tell her of the reward.
After hearing the news, Miss Hannigan’s brother, Rooster, hatches a plan. He and his girlfriend will disguise themselves as Annie’s parents and armed with inside knowledge, will claim the reward and then dispose of Annie.
During the search for her parents, Annie is taken by Warbucks to visit the President. He is warmed by her cheerful disposition which inspires him in his politics. He wastes no time in persuading everyone present to join him and Annie in song.
Back at the mansion, Warbucks and Grace have interviewed hundreds of potential parents, but none have known about the locket or have any information about Annie’s birth. They call off the search and explain to Annie. She accepts the offer of adoption, which will take place at the Christmas party.
At the party, Annie has realized she is overjoyed at becoming Annie Warbucks. Her friends join her at the mansion along with the President.
Rooster and Lily arrive at the mansion, disguised as Ralph and Shirley Mudge, Annie’s parents, who were killed in a fire years ago. They show Mr. Warbucks Annie’s birth certificate and the missing half of the locket. Just as they are about to leave with Annie, the FBI arrive, having learned about Annie’s parents fate and unmask the criminals. They are arrested, along with Miss Hannigan. The adoption goes ahead, and all ends happily.

The cast:
Annie – Lyndie Stokes , Oliver Warbucks – Walter Smith, Grace Farrell – Olivia Dunnam, Miss Hannigan – Elkannah Thompson, Rooster Hannigan – Mark Robbins, Lily St. Regis – Kristen Cochran, Boylan Sisters –T’Airra Ferrell, Tabitha Foster, Corderica Hale
Molly – Abby Roaton, Macey – Meredith Ohler, Pepper – Contessa Jones, Duffy – Victoria Duncan, Kate – Adalis Bynum, Tessie – Mary Scott Waldrop, July – Quinlan Amos, Sarah – Kellie McClelland, Nellie – Destini Knox, Bert Healy – Matthew Darling, Mr. Bundles McCloskey – Jerrell Howell, Star-To-Be – Brooke Fowler, Lt. Ward – Spencer Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt – Chandler Nail
Warbucks Employees:
Drake – Christopher Scott, Cecille – Caryn Gillean, Annette – Aspen Smith, Mrs. Greer – Lilly Swilley, Mrs. Pugh – Quin’Shay Perkins
Hooverville Citizens:
Sophie – Corderica Hale, Eddie – Jacobie Rogers, Apple Seller – Shelby Newell, Mary – Armonti McNeese, Betty – Alyssa McCrory, Mildred – Ashley McMillen, Anne – Kat Smith, James – Kurt Hickey, Phillip – Shaun Vaughn, Mike – Christian Scott, Betsy – Kelly Fay Mason, Cindy – Ainsley Childers, Peggy – T’Airra Ferrell, Jane – Tabitha Foster, Fred – Isaiah Powell
Cabinet Members:
Harold Ickes – Jonah Zahller, Perkins – Kennedy Frain, Cordell Hull – John Wise, Henry Morganthau – Spencer Day, Howe – Parker Nail
Dog Catcher – Austin Howard, Assistant Dog Catcher – Read Robbins, Fred McCracken – Isaiah Powell, Sound Effects Man – Alex Harrison, Justice Brandeis – Holt Garrett
Servants Ensemble:
Carrington Barry, Brooke Wilder, Shaeun Rutherford, Amber Grey, Andrea Chism, Somer Jackson, Abby Spencer, Alex Harrison, Kurt Hickey, Jacobie Rogers, Jerrell Howell, Christian Scott
French Maids:
Leeta Prater, Lendzi Sanderson, Sarah Bain
NYC Kickline:
Meredith Mueller, Emma Keener, Beth Teague, Hannah Anderson , Allie Owen, Meghan Van, Laura Creekmore, Margaret Curry, Asiana Judon, Brooke Roaten, Reese Neely, Victoria Adams
NYC Ensemble:
Emily Gafford, Tashiuana Judon, Hannah Fennell, Caroline Tate, Katie Davis, Sydney Fowler, Mary Kate Thompson, Tameria Ivy, Tiana Wade, Amber Gardner, Adrian Heaton, Anna Katherine Tate, Andreka Jones, Austin Howard, Jonah Zahller, John Wise, Parker Nail, Chandler Nail, Spencer Day
Jariel Boles, Jessica Crumpton, Ce Ce Cook, Alyvia Jeter, Rylie Brown, Ericka Seger, Amanda Hill, Peyton Neal, Mallory Neal, Jordan Samuelson, Alexisa Torres, Abbey Claire Parks, Kateland Wade, Mackenzie Smith
Katherine Lee, Alesha Gardner, Katelyn Taylor , Champella Shaw, Jalynn Johnson, Cecily Norton, Faye Tournage, Michelle Flores, Avery Winders

The book is by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Martin Charnin. “Annie” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.
Reserved Tickets are available for $10 and General Admission is $8. Call New Albany High School at 662-534-1805 for ticket information.