It’s the classic story of hope and optimism – a young orphan keeps her chin up in the face of adversity, winning hearts as she skips and sings her way through a hard knock life, never giving up hope that she will find her parents.
Annie Jr features everyone’s favourite little redhead in her very first adventure. Little Orphan Annie has come a long way since she first made her pop culture debut as a comic strip in 1924. Since then she has been reincarnated into a radio show, films and even a Broadway hit.
And now she makes her way to Joburg’s Peoples Theatre, known for its creative way of making much-loved classics accessible to families across the City of Gold.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.
Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. She eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
“Annie is a firm family favourite,” says theatre veteran Jill Girard who is especially excited about this production, which starts at the beginning of June.
“Annie stands for innate decency, courage and optimism in the face of hard times, pessimism and despair. She is an inspiration to all of us,” says Girard.
From the toe-tapping, knee-bouncing ditty It’s a Hard Knock Life, to the classic Tomorrow to the crowd-pleasing I think I’m gonna Like it Here, the music is an important part of Annie, and will help pull the audience into the story.
The title role will be played by either Jessica Peters, Gabrielle de Gama, Karla Lotz or Montana Lever.
The other roles will be played by: Luciano Zuppa as Daddy Warbucks; Kaylan Sabbadin as Grace; Nonhlanhla Mkhonto as Lily; Thokozani Jiyane in various roles; Alida Senekal as Miss Hannigan and Travis Hornsby as Rooster
Annie is on at the Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Show dates are from June 4 to August 5. It is suitable for all ages. Tickets cost between R120 and R135.