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Monday, December 29, 2008

MTC presents “Annie”on Jan. 9, 10

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“Annie” features (clockwise from upper left) Julianna Salguero as Lily, Catherine McAree as Grace, Daniel Pauker as Rooster, Kara Burgess as Annie and Jessica Olderman as Miss Hannigan. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo
Westport’s Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts presents “Annie” on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Long Lots School on Hyde Lane.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door and reservations are suggested. For tickets, call Music Theatre of Connecticut at (203)454-3883 or visit www.musictheatreofct.com.

“Annie” is a musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan.

The musical’s songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” are its most popular pieces. “Annie” had its world premiere in 1976 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn.

The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on 1977 and won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.

The musical ran for nearly six years on Broadway, spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours and a pair of film versions.

The musical is a fully staged and costumed production performed by MTC students, ages 7 and up.

Directed by MTC co-founder Jim Schilling and Deborah Levy, the production has musical direction and choreography by Marty Bongfeldt, costume design by Diane Vanderkroef, and set design by James Burns.

The production is conducted by Jonathan Lakeland with animal training and “Sandy” provided by William Berloni.

The cast of “Annie” is comprised of MTC School of the Performing Arts students.

Those from Westport include: Amanda Book, Sevie Browne, Hannah Bukzin, Sophie Call, Sydney Carson, Katherine Coogan, Rachel Corbally, Sophie Epstein, Emily Greenberg, Olivia Keogh, Dana Kurzner, Lexi Levins, and Daniel Pauker as Rooster.

Also: Anabelle Porio, Kyra Post, Rebecca Rawiszer, Maxine Richter, Claudia Robinson, Orly Salik, Claire Sampson, Hallie Spear, Megan Thelen, Isabella Ullmann, Gabriela Vega, Hadley Ward and Georgia Wright.

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