SPRINGVILLE—Bringing sunshine, Daddy Warbucks and Sandy to the stage, “Annie” will be performed by Springville Center for the Arts May 17,18,19, 25 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and May 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.
The show, directed by Don Wesley, follows the story of Annie, a New York City orphan in the 1930s. After she is chosen to spend the holidays at billionaire Oliver Warbucks’ mansion, they set out on a mission to find Annie’s parents. The show will be presented at the Mongerson Theater, 37 N. Buffalo St.
Viewers will enjoy being able to relate to the story and the messages the play portrays, Wesley said.
“We all cheer for a person who is going to do their best to overcome the odds,” Wesley said. “I think people are going to enjoy the story, our actors are working very hard to bring that story out to the forefront.”
The show has its serious and touching moments, but Wesley said it will offer something for everyone to enjoy, from catchy musical numbers and choreography to the wide range and interesting personalities of the characters.
“It’s a family show,” he said. “With the music, and the story itself and the range of different types and ages [of actors] we have, it should be an amazing show for folks in Springville.”
SCA’s performance of “Annie” features 23 cast members ranging from experienced actors to those just starting in theater. The show stars Sarah Touris as Annie, Emma Dolan as Pepper, Sadie Everhart as Duffy, Maggie Boyle as July, Megan Cassidy as Tessie, Anna Bartolini as Kate, Brooke Ryuzyci as Molly, Michele Calabro as Miss Hannigan, Kelly Campbell as Grace, Jeff Maris as Daddy Warbucks, Jonathan Horton as Rooster and Tammy Catalano as Lily St. James.
“Annie” also features a number of ensemble characters, who will play multiple roles throughout the performance, from servants to people living in Hooverville, people walking around New York City and more. Ensemble members include Erin Bellavia, Donna Benstead, Sue Fischbeck, Cory Golabeck, Mark Mendola, Pam Morley, Cassandra O’Connell, Charles Weber, Jennifer Weber and Ted Winkle.
“Everybody is pretty much learning at a different position, but it is all starting to gel, they help each other and they work with each other and it is great to be a part of it,” Wesley said. “I think it is going to be enjoyable and I think people are going to be surprised what the Mongerson Theater puts on.”
Tickets are $15 general, $12 for students and $10 for groups. The show on May 17 will be "Pay What You Can With a Can" night where patrons can pay any donation amount when they bring a non-perishable food item or pet food.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit springvillearts.org or call 592-9038.