The Charleston Light Opera Guild, in collaboration with The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of WV, will be staging the classic Broadway blockbuster “Annie” on October 28, 29, 30 and November 4, 5, 6, 2011 at the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. School-day performances will be presented on the mornings of November 2 & 3, 2011.
Experience the timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie in this heartwarming depression era story of never giving up hope. “Annie” was inspired by the 1924 Harold Gray nationally syndicated comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie.” In the 1930’s, Ovaltine sponsored a popular children’s radio show based on the comic strip. The musical debuted in 1977 with Andrea McArdle, Dorothy Louden and Reid Shelton and won seven Tony Awards. In 1982 the movie version was released starring Aileen Quinn, Carol Burnett and Albert Finney. Disney mounted a television production with Kathy Bates and Victor Garber in the late 90’s. The bright, tuneful and optimistic score by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin has become a part of our nation’s musical heritage. “Tomorrow”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, “It’s a Hardknock Life”, “NYC”, “Little Girls”, and “Easy Street” have entertained countless Broadway, national tour, international tour, community and local audiences.
The bright tuneful score includes such memorable numbers as “Tomorrow”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile”, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, “NYC”, “”Little Girls”, and “Easy Street.”
The production features a set and costumes from the national tour and a full orchestra. The Guild last produced this show in 2002. “Annie” is sure to delight and entertain the entire family!
Nina Denton Pasinetti is Director & Choreographer, John Marshall is Musical Director, Leah Lewis is Accompanist, and Tom Pasinetti is Technical Director.
© 2011 The Charleston Light Opera Guild