The cast will be led by 13-year-old Sudbury resident Lauren Weintraub in the title role with Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the evil Miss Hannigan, Raymond Jaramillo McLeod as Oliver Warbucks, Jessica Tyler Wright as Grace Farrell, John Shiappa as Rooster, Shanna Marie Palmer as Lily St Regis, Howard Pinhasik as F.D.R. and Mikey as Sandy.
Annie’s orphan friends will be played by Piper Birney (age 8, of Wallingford, CT) as Kate, Maggie Budzyna (age 11, of Newburyport) as Tessie, Heather Buccini (age 9, of Withrop) as Pepper, Elena Carmichael (age 10, of Natick) as Molly, Jessica Lewis (age 11, of Needham) as Duffy and Joanna Rosen (age 15, of Marblehead) as July.
The ensemble comprises Paul Aguirre, Desiree Davar, Patrick David, Rachel Fairbanks, Adam Lendermon, Cheryl McMahon, JP Qualters, Sara Michelle Reardon, Roger Preston Smith and Sean Watkins.
The creative team also includes scenic designer Timothy R. Mackabee, costume coordinator Paula Peasley-Ninestein, lighting designer Jack Mehler, sound designer Charles Coes, wig and hair designer Gerard Kelly, animal trainer William Berloni, production stage manager John Godbout, assistant stage manager Natalie A. Lynch, assistant music director Colin R. Freeman, children's local choreographer Karen Maria Pisani and children's local music director Cassandra Marsh. Inspired by the famous comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," which first ran in the New York News in 1924, Annie made its Broadway debut in April 1977 and played 2,377 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards, including for Best Musical, Best Book (Thomas Meehan), Best Original Score (music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin) and Best Choreography.
"This heart-warming musical is the rags-to-riches story of plucky young Annie’s journey from the hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks," according to press notes. Song titles include "It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and the legendary “Tomorrow."
For tickets and information call (978) 232-7200, visit www.nsmt.org, or visit the box office in person at 62 Dunham Rd., Beverly.