Will Touch Hearts at
MCCC's Kelsey Theatre April 23-May 2
Windsor, N.J. - Mischief, suspense and loads of love are in store
when The Yardley Players present "Annie" at Mercer
County Community College's Kelsey Theatre. Dates and show times for
this American musical classic are Fridays, April 23 and 30 at 8 p.m.;
Saturdays, April 24 and May 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, April
25 and May 2 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast
and crew follows the opening night performance on April 23. (Note:
"Annie" replaces "Beauty and the Beast," originally
listed in the Kelsey Theatre schedule.)
Set in the Great Depression, this upbeat musical finds rays of sunshine
in one of the darkest eras of American history. It's the hopeful tale
of a spunky, red-haired girl determined to find her parents after
she is abandoned at a New York City orphanage, where she must do battle
with the cruel warden, Miss Hannigan. Audiences will cheer as Annie
is befriended by President Franklin Roosevelt and finds a loving new
family with the wealthy Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace
Farrell, and a mutt named Sandy. Based on the popular Harold Gray
comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, the show was a long-running Broadway
hit made memorable by songs such as "Tomorrow" and "It's
a Hard-Knock Life."
Sharing the role of "Annie" are Claire Norden and Danielle
Standifer. Other principals include Laurie Hardy as Miss Hannigan,
Amy Zalot as Grace Farrell, Del Howard as Oliver Warbucks, Joe Zedeney
as Rooster Hannigan, and Sally Page as Lily St. Regis.
The production also features John Grewen as Drake, Walther Smyth as
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Wayne Wood as Lt. Ward, Howard Matter as
Bert Healy, and Maddie Kane as the star-to-be. Featured as orphans
are Elizabeth Felkner, Salena Qureshi, Ashley Rakow, Julia Gold, Jill
Grezlak and Miranda Maley.
The producer and director is Marge Swider with music/orchestra by
Pat Masterson of Lambertville, and choreography by Paula Matthews.
Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $12 for students
and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets
may be purchased online
or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre
is wheelchair accessible. For a complete listing of adult and children's
events for the season, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office
for a brochure.
more events at Kelsey Theatre, visit:
Patch Visual and Performing Arts Workshops
left, Oliver Warbucks (Del Howard), Annie (Danielle Standifer) and
Grace Farrell (Amy Zalot).
role of Annie is also played by Claire Norden, second from left,
pictured with Del Howard, Amy Zalot and John Grewen.
left, Lily St. Regis (Sally Page), Rooster Hannigan (Joe Zedeny)
and Miss Hannigan (Laurie Hardy.
of the orphans
pictured with Annie (Claire Norden).
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