Great news! My friends at Align Entertainment are presenting a stage production of little orphan Annie from February 1–16, 2019, at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby. If you haven’t heard of Annie before, it’s the story of a plucky 11-year-old overflowing with infectious optimism and curly red hair. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, throwing into sharp relief the beauty of the spirited character’s hopefulness in dire times.
The co-producer Chad Matchette – who I think is immensely talented – offered these thoughts about the production:
Annie is a touching and timeless musical with a strong core message that money can’t buy you happiness. Oliver Warbucks is the richest man in the country and yet his life is unfulfilled until he meets Annie. This delightful little girl reminds us about the power of love and inspires people to hold onto their dreams against all odds.
It was based on Harold Gray’s widely read comic strip Little Orphan Annie. The 1924 comic was popular for its poignant political commentary – which I love. I love subversive, smart art. The Align production is special – it features a live 12-piece orchestra under the musical direction of Kevin Woo and a talented group of young actors who were selected from auditions by more than 100 children.
Here’s the cast:
Camryn Macdonald (Veruca in Delta Youth Theatre’s Willy Wonka Jr.) in the role of Annie
Arne Larsen (Dom Claude Frollo in Secondary Characters’ The Hunchback of Notre Dame) as Oliver Warbucks.
Erin Matchette (Mrs. Schwartz in Align’s A Christmas Story) will play Miss Hannigan
Laura Cowan (Fairy Godmother in Theatre Under the Stars’ Cinderella) as Grace Farrell
The ticket pricing is pretty affordable too!
Special Preview Pricing: $20
Thrifty Thursdays: $25
Family Matinee: $15
You can get your tickets here: vtixonline.com