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Announcing Our Summer Musicals: Annie & Violet

ANNIE

June 23 – July 16, 2017

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”

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. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

“Annie” is the perfect family-friendly musical and an ideal show for a largely female cast.

Directed by Matthew Mentgen
Music Direction by Lori Isner

(Tickets Not Yet Available)

VIOLET

August 11 – 27, 2017

Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, “Violet” is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel. With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), “Violet” is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.

With a ticket, a suitcase and a heart full of expectations, Violet Karl waits for a Greyhound Bus in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. It is September 4, 1964. For a moment she sees herself as a young girl, carefree, before her face was horribly disfigured in an accident. A local’s nosy question prompts her to look forward to the healing she expects to receive from a televangelist in Tulsa that will help her transcend her provincial little town and the eventual discovery of the true meaning of beauty. Nominated for four Tony Awards in 2014.

Music is Bluegrass, Memphis Blues and Gospel.

Directed by Sarah Scott Blakey

(Tickets Not Yet Available)