Theatre Bristol presents Annie
Theatre Bristol presents ANNIE for the holidays at the Paramount Center for the Arts November 17 through 26, with tickets on sale now at ParamountBristol.org. Directed by Kenn Naegele, with music direction by Steve Davis, ANNIE features a cast of 51 of the area's talented, dogs too, from around the region.
This Thanksgiving, ANNIE brings together a family – one of her very own, including dog Sandy. This heartwarming family comedy is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday together, with favorite songs Maybe, It's a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, N.Y.C., Little Girls, I Don't Need Anything But You, and, of course, Tomorrow. The much-loved story and music finally returns to the Paramount Bristol stage November 17-26 for six performances.
Director Kenn Naegele has performed in and directed more than 60 productions in his career in New York State and Tennessee. He most recently directed Oklahoma, and he is pleased to be directing one of his favorite shows at Theatre Bristol since last directing its production of South Pacific. Music director Steve Davis is a music and voice teacher and retired church music minister. As former Executive Director of Steve Davis Productions he presented the Bristol Passion Play The Day He Wore My Crown, The Sound of Music, and Four Tickets to Christmas. The Annie production team includes stage manager Nicole Intagliata, costumer Camille Gray, choreographer Rebecca Catalano, designer Jenny Carpenter, properties mistress Anna Kimerer, and producer Samantha Gray.
The cast features Lucy Tester as Annie, Riley Lowe as Molly, Mary Hitch as Pepper, Ella Combs as Tessie, Raina Moody as Kate, Ava White as July, Sandy Mae Wright as Duffy, and orphan ensemble Taylor Boyle, Tessa Camper, Chloe Campbell, Charli Carpenter, Abigail Combs, Kherington Hillis, Kielyn Hillis, Kelly Patrick, Ryleigh Tolbert.
Mike Musick commands as Daddy Warbucks, with Makenna Arnold as Grace Farrell, Dan Gray as Drake, Lee Anne Hitch as Mrs. Pugh, Hannah Harrington as Mrs. Greer, Rebecca Catalano as Cecille, and Mansion Staff Luke Gray, Tessa Harmon, Cameron Roberts, and Colton Salyer.
The cabinet includes Robert McCrary as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Michael Shearin as Cordell Hull, Jim Hale as Louis Howe, and Daniel Tester as Henry Morgenthau, Jr..
Laura O’Bryan intimidates as Miss Hannigan, with James Francis as Rooster, Carson Musick as Lily St. Regis, Ryan Gray as Bert Healy, Steve Baskett as Bundles McCloskey, Alayna Walker as Bonnie Boylan, Haleigh Tilley as Connie Boylan, Parker Dugger as Ronnie Boylan, and Jacklyn Halpin as the Star-To-Be.
The cast includes Michael Payne as Lt. Ward, Mason White as assistant Dog Catcher, Zaiah Gray as assistant Dog Catcher, and Hooverville Citizens Randy Broyles, Matthew Coonley, Daniel Freeman, Sarge McFalls, Melissa Minton, Aleigha Spurlock, Hunter Tilley, Maliah Tilley, and Anthony Underwood.
Making their stage debuts are Willow Campbell as Sandy, Taffy Combs and Duncan Dutton-Cunningham as stray dogs.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this amazingly talented cast," said Naegle, "to bring one of America's most beloved musicals to life on the Paramount stage!"
ANNIE opens November 17 at 7:30 pm, and runs the 18 at 7:30 pm, 19 at 2:30 pm, 24 at 7:30 pm, 25 at 7:30 pm, and 26 at 2:30 pm at the Paramount Center for the Arts. Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, plus processing fees, and will be available at ParamountBristol.org or 423-274-8920.