‘Annie’ to Spread Sunshine at CTA

Annie and orphans holding the dog Sandy

The classic musical about hope, hijinks and finding home will be on stage from May 6-22, 2022, at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Leapin’ Lizards! “Annie,” one of the world’s best-loved musicals, takes stage at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis next month, running from May 6-22, 2022. Based on the irrepressible comic strip heroine, and 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 the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations…and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt!

“I have always loved Annie,” said CTA President Michelle Bruno. “It’s the classic story of the intrepid orphan showing that with kindness, love and hope, the sun will indeed come out tomorrow.”

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“Annie” features 26 local performers aged 8-14. In her first musical, Addison Bartels, 12, of Bowie stars as the plucky orphan, while Justin Porath, 14, of Annapolis takes on the role of the well-to-do Daddy Warbucks. Layla Bunch, 14, of Washington, D.C., performs as Warbucks’ assistant, Grace, while Amaya Shannon, 13, of Gambrills plays the malevolent Miss Hannigan.

The show is directed by Atticus Cooper Boidy, who last directed “The Addams Family” in November 2021 at CTA. He is joined by veteran choreographer Jason Kimmell and new-to-CTA music director Matthew Garvey.

“Annie” opens on Friday, May 6, 2022, at CTA’s theatre, located at 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 22, 2022. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students age 12 and under, seniors and military. Group discounts are available. Purchase tickets at cta.ticketleap.com.

To arrange interviews with the cast or artistic staff, contact publicity chair Natalie DeVries at publicity@childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis (CTA) was established in 1959 and has grown to become a premiere theatre program in central Maryland. The 501(c)3 nonprofit organization mounts three mainstage productions each year and offers a variety of theatre arts education programming. For more information, visit www.childrenstheatreofannapolis.org.

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