Leapin’ lizards! It’s little orphan Annie! On stage, in Twentynine Palms!
Theatre 29 brings back the red-headed tyke and her benefactor Daddy Warbucks for a reminder that little girls are cute, rich guys can be generous and scoundrels are always ready to scam the innocent.
The show, inspired by the 1920s-and-forward comic strip, made it to the Broadway stage in 1977 and folks haven’t stopped singing the perky anthem “Tomorrow” since. “Annie” has proved a training ground for budding singers who can belt while handling a frisky dog or play one of a ragged group of residents of a dingy orphanage run by the boozy Miss Hannigan. It’s fun for the family and even resonates today with its Hooverville jobless and upbeat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his public work projects that helped lead America out of the Great Depression.
In the name-sake role of Annie is Carly Bateman, 13, making the move from Theatre 29’s wildly successful Summer Youth Theater program to the main stage. Playing billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks is Charles Harvey. His long-time secretary and business companion, Grace Farrell, is Cindy Ross. The diabolically alcoholic Miss Agatha Hannigan is Char Childs, her no-good brother Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, is played by Chris Fleischman and his floozy-of-the-week Lily St Regis is played by his real-life wife Katie Fleischman.
The Orphans of the New York City Girl’s Orphanage are, played by Jocelyn Gonzalez, Alyssa Sahagun, Jessica David, Haylie Rodriguez, Katelyn Coleman, and Evelyn Gonzalez.
In a variety of characters is Dave Jessup, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Kevin Myers playing the dual role of radio personality Bert Healy and butler Drake. Kegan Longuevan is the Broadway Star-to-be.
Rounding out the cast are Grace Rodriguez, Leigh-Ann Crummett, Cathy Inscore, Kelly Ames, McKenna Saneshale, Anna Carnes, Cruz Jimenez, Marissa Pennington, Tyler Bateman, Liam Keeran and Bobby Ames
For sunny attitude and child-pleasing hijinks, don’t miss “Annie”, for a delightful and endearing bit of escapism.
The Broadway musical based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip will run through December 16 at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $15 for general admission; $12 for students, seniors and military; and $10 for children 12 and younger.
Tickets are available at www.theatre29.org, by calling the Box Office at 760-361-4151.
Theatre 29 is the Morongo Basin’s largest year-round all-amateur theater company. The Community Theater Organization is a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)3, (55-0808217).
Photos and graphics:
Warbucks (Charles Harvey) and Grace Farrell (Cindy Ross) show Annie (Carly Bateman) the sights of NYC in a scene from ANNIE at Theater 29 through Dec 16 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)
Caption Easy Street:
This trio of ne’re-do-wells, Rooster (Chris Fleischman), Miss Hannigan (Char Childs) and Lily (Katie Fleischman) dance their way to “Easy Street” in a scene from ANNIE at Theatre 29 through December 16 (Photo by Olivia Sahagun)