Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Runaway Stage brings smiles to the stage with Broadway classic Annie

24th Street Theatre, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento (at the Sierra 2 Center)
Business Office & Reservation Line: (916) 207-1226
SACRAMENTO— Little orphan Annie will charm the hearts of all when she takes to the 24th Street Theatre stage November 9 through December 2. Runaway Stage Productions presents the classic musical, set in 1930s New York City. Annie finds refuge from an orphanage run by the embittered Miss Hannigan when billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites her to spend the holidays with him. Adventure and magic follow as Annie transforms all those around her. With the help of her delightful fellow orphans, she foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and discovers the true meaning of family. Musical highlights include “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”
Grammy-nominated Ray Fisher, an RSP regular who has been involved in seven different productions of Annie over the years, performs the role of Daddy Warbucks. Fisher also has experience staffing numerous productions as a vocal director and musical director, as well as a former board member of RSP.  Kate Richardson and Andrea St. Clair reprise their roles as Miss Hannigan and Grace Farrell. Hal DuBiel plays Rooster and Amy Jacques-Jones plays Lily St. Regis.
Christen Smith plays the iconic title role, which can also be found on Broadway in a new revival this holiday season. Smith said she fell in love with the show when she saw its 2007 national tour.
“After seeing the show, I knew that I wanted to be on stage,” Smith said. “Having the opportunity to play the role of Annie is an amazing dream come true for me.”
The dreams of the redheaded orphan find special relevance for today’s audiences.
“I believe that Annie is a show that has as much relevance in 2012 as when it was set in 1933, the need for optimism in our country, people’s need for a show that brings smiles and joy in a time when there are people suffering,” RSP producing director Bob Baxter said. “This show is the perfect holiday show,” Baxter said. “It brings us back to think about what is important in our lives, hope, optimism, love and a good old fashioned musical to make us laugh and enjoy life.”
Bob Baxter directs, Darryl Strohl choreographs, Deann Golz vocal directs, James Lohman directs music, Missie McVittie costume designs, Sherrika Darnell designs lighting, and Janas Durkee designs the sets.
Annie performs Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m., 11/9-12/2, 2012. TICKETS — Opening Night - $16; Adults - $22; Seniors (60+) - $20; Students/SARTA - $18; Children (12 & under) - $15; Groups of 10+ - $18 each. Tickets can be purchased online at convenience fees apply) or at the door. For further information or questions please call the box office at (916) 207-1226.  Free parking is available.

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