Denton Community Theatre opens its staging of Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s Annie this Friday.
The musical follows a plucky red-haired orphan named Annie who searching for her birth parents in New York City. The Great Depression looms over the nation, but wise beyond her 11 years, Annie believes brighter days are ahead.
Annie hasn’t had the best start. Abandoned at an orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, Annie and the other orphans can only dream that someone will rescue them from the drudgery and grinding work at the orphanage.
Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie into his mansion on an altruistic whim, but comes to find fatherly affections. But Miss Hannigan’s ne’er-do-well brother, Rooster, and his daffy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, have a dastardly plan to pose as Annie’s birth parents (for the cash reward). But their plans for Annie are darker.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and April 4-6, with matinees at 2 p.m. this Sunday and April 7, at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $15 for students and $10 for ages 12 and younger.