Wednesday, December 19, 2012



Live Theatre

Leapin' Lizards, It's Annie!

CSOPA presents the much-loved musical Jan 9 -20

Submitted by Andrew Smith, CSOPA


he popular comic strip heroine takes centre stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. The Chilliwack School of Performing Arts is proud to present Annie, from January 9 to 20 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

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 is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous and magical world of New York City.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical.

Annie originally opened on Broadway in 1977 and ran for an astonishing 2,377 performances. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards that year, and won 7, including Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Book and Best Musical. It was inspired by Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip which premiered in the New York Daily News in 1924.

Little Orphan Annie will be played by CSOPA Sophomore Avianna Clempson. Grace Farrell by Kate Fairley, and Oliver Warbucks by Abbotsford resident Arne Larsen. Kessia Warren will take on the role of Miss Hannigan, while Rooster and Lily will be played by Max Glover and Carmen Sigurdson. The roles of the other orphan girls will be portrayed by Adrienne Reitsma, Meghan Mindel, Andrea Arce, Olivia Moniz, Kirsten MacDonald and Melynda Nadon. Hannah deNevers will take on the head maid, Mrs. Drake, while Jonathan Woyke will play U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Rounding out the rest of the cast are Caylen Braun, Brandon Grove, Hailey Hanson, Kathryn Harder, Hyacinthe Lithgow, Jordan Orto, Josh Robinson, Olivia Simpson, Sebastian Warkentin-Scott and Jessica Westeringh.

Andrew Smith is the director, Lisa Zimmer the musical director, Trischa Buhler the orchestra director, and Shelley Wojcik is the choreographer. Set by Tara Arnett, costumes by Heather Westergard and lights by Jamea Lister.

Annie opens on Friday January 9, 2013 and runs until Sunday, January 20, 2013. 7:30pm evening performances on January 9,10,11,12,17,18,19. 2:00pm matinée performances on January 12,13,19,20.

Adults $20, students & seniors $15. $9.75 all seats on January 9,10 (evening),12 (matinée) Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cultural Centre box office at 604-391-SHOW (7469).



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