'Annie' ensemble

Denton Community Theatre opens Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s “Annie” this weekend. The cast includes: front, Andy Komonchak as Oliver Warbucks, Madison Verre as Annie, Grace Loe as Grace Farrell; back, ensemble members Melania Amaya, Jen Peace, Sophia Waters, Rachael Sims, Melissa Sims, Andy Komonchak III, Roger Reikofski, Amber Bird, Daniel Bryant-Gawne, Blane Owens, Rodney McMillan Jr. and Travis Silveria.

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.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877 and via Twitter at @LBreedingDRC.

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