BY LORI DEMRES
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• WHAT: “Annie”
• WHEN: 7:30 p.m. April 1-2, 2 p.m. April 2
• WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky
• COST: $10-15/show only, $28-33/dinner and show
• INFO: 419-626-1950 or sanduskystate.com
“Annie,” everyone’s favorite orphan, will be coming to the Sandusky State Theatre on April 1 and 2, thanks to the students from Sandusky Central Catholic School.
Annie is an 11-year-old orphan who has lived in a rundown orphanage under the care of the greedy, sleazy, mean Miss Hannigan. By a stroke of luck, she is chosen to spend two weeks at Christmas with the wealthy Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, played by Andrew Miller.
Sympathetic to Annie’s desire to find her real parents by way of a locket she had when she was dropped off at the orphanage, Warbucks offers a reward to Annie’s real parents, if they should step forward. Hearing of this substantial reward, Miss Hannigan enlists the help of her brother and his low-class girlfriend to pose as Annie’s parents — and to seize the prize.
Fun songs are interspersed throughout the musical, with “Hooverville” being the kids’ favorite dance number. Their favorite song, however, seems to be the more well-known “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
Sixty-four children ranging from 11 to 18 years old are participating in the musical. Hannah Snow has the coveted role of Annie, and will be delivering the notable, cheery, optimistic song “Tomorrow,” offering hope and sunshine to those in despair.
“It’s great to work with a great cast of children, to teach them about theatre and to become a group of all working together,” said director Barb Shaver.
But there still remains some uncertainty about the production — specifically, whether or not a real dog will be playing the part of Annie’s pooch.
“Annie” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 and 2 at the Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Tickets for the show only range from $10 to $15. Tickets for dinner and the show range from $28 to $33.
The special Lenten Friday dinner will be prepared by Creative Cuisine and includes baked tilapia, cheese tortellini with roasted red pepper sauce, lemon parsley redskin potatoes, green beans, green goddess salad with shrimp and coconut, parmesan parsley bread twists, rolls and butter, assorted mini desserts and a coffee bar. Saturday’s menu offers the same, but replaces the tilapia and tortellini with chicken marsala and beef brisket. For more information, call 419-626-1950 or visit sanduskystate.com.