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Photo by Shelley Wheaton. Leapin’ lizards. Annie (played by Megan Hayduk, left) and Daddy Warbucks (played by Karl Schmidt) invite you to come to Chelsea Area Players’ production of “Annie Warbucks.” The sequel to “Annie” will be performed July 21-23 at the George Prinzing Auditorium, Washington Street Education Center.

By Crystal Hayduk

Chelsea Area Players presents their summer musical “Annie Warbucks” at the George Prinzing Auditorium, Washington Street Education Center, July 21-23.

A sequel to the hit Broadway musical, “Annie,” the comedy’s first scene takes place on Dec. 25, 1933, exactly where “Annie” ends, giving the audience a hint of Christmas in July.

Spirited and optimistic Annie and her rich adoptive father, Oliver Warbucks, face new challenges when New York City Commissioner Doyle informs him that he must marry immediately or return Annie to the orphanage. What will happen to Annie when her dignified father is forced into a hasty marriage, while the world’s economy hits the worst slump in history?

Director Michael Cicirelli said that 33 actors of all ages will bring “Annie Warbucks” to the stage – 34 counting Annie’s beloved dog, Sandy, played by Katie the therapy dog (owned by Jim and Janet Alford). “The leads and some brand-new antagonists are sure to carry through memorable performances,” he said.

The audience can also expect extra creativity from the director and the cast. “We improvised and gender bent a few of the supporting roles to match the actors and actresses who auditioned,” said Cicirelli.

Larry Roy Sumner, Jr., musical director, is enjoying the show’s music, from toe-tapping tunes and choral music to heartfelt ballads. “My personal favorite is ‘That’s the Kind of Woman,’” he said, which is sung by Drake (Warbucks’ butler) and staff after Annie begs them to advise her father about his choice of a bride.

“Annie Warbucks” was originally produced off-Broadway; written by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. It is presented locally through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).

“Annie Warbucks” runs July 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and July 23 at 3 p.m. in the George Prinzing Auditorium at the Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington St.

General admission tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Chelsea Pharmacy, 1125 South Main St. or at the door.

For more information, visit http://www.chelseaareaplayers.org/capshows/anniewarbucks2017.html.

About Chelsea Area Players:

Formed in 1972, the purpose of the Chelsea Area Players is to enrich the educational and cultural life of the community, promote understanding and appreciation of an important art, provide worthwhile entertainment, encourage interest and active participation by the community in all phases of the theatre through dramatic productions and other related activities, and to foster and support the involvement of adolescents and young adults of the community in the dramatic arts.

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