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The eternal optimist Annie returns to close out Mac-Haydn season!

August 22, 2018 08:26 pm

CHATHAM — The Mac-Haydn Theatre caps off its 50th celebration season with the family classic musical Annie, running August 23 through September 2.

Just when we need her most, that eternal optimist Annie is back to teach us to believe in a better tomorrow through a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. Featuring some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, audiences will enjoy classics such as “Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,”, and “Easy Street.” Annie’s heart-warming story is the ultimate rags to riches tale full of delicious laughs, outrageous villains, and that ever lovable Sandy!

Sharing the title role of Annie will be Annabel Feigen and Rieleigh Smith. Miss Feigen’s favorite recent roles include: Morticia in The Addams Family Jr. at Random Farms, Ariel in The Tempest at the White Heron Theatre and Gertrude in Seussical Jr. Annabel has been in many other youth productions including Into the Woods at Broadway Workshop, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shrek, The Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast. Miss Smith’s recent credits include Oliver (Oliver) at FMS, Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Ollie Herdman), The Music Man (Amaryllis) at Park Playhouse and Annie (Annie) with SYFI. Please check with the box office for designated performance dates.

Mac-Haydn favorite, Monica M. Wemitt, takes on the villainous role of Miss Hannigan. Ms. Wemitt was last seen playing Dolly in the Berkshire Theatre Award winning Hello Dolly of 2017. No stranger to the role, Wemitt made her Broadway debut in Hello Dolly playing Ernestina opposite Carol Channing. Monica also spent many years on the road as Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast.

The iconic role of the bald and benevolent Daddy Warbucks will be played by Mac-Haydn alumni and Broadway veteran George Dvorsky. MacHaydn audiences will remember George as Harold in The Full Monty. George’s career highlights include the title role in The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, the National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Fantasticks Off Broadway. This will mark George’s fourth time playing the role of Daddy Warbucks.

Corinne Tork returns to play the quick-witted Grace Farrell after previously appearing as Lola in our season opener Damn Yankees. Rounding out the cast is the conniving duo of Rooster and Lily St. Regis played by Sebastiani Romagnolo and Sarah Kawalek, respectively.

John Saunders directs and Patrick Heffernan choreographs. Jimm Halliday designs the costumes and Kevin Gleason the sets.

For tickets and details please visit www.machaydntheatre.org or call the box office at (518) 392-9292.