Annie Poster

“The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun!” Martin Charnin

The cheerful song Tomorrow from the Broadway production of Annie was published in 1977. Just humming this lively tune gives a feeling of optimism that no matter what today brings tomorrow will be better if we just stick out our chin and grin. After all, we are never fully dressed without a smile!

Who can resist this spunky orphan with her mop of curly red hair, crisp red dress, and large mischievous eyes? Annie is cast as a fiery 10-year-old orphan from the 1930s who brings hope, courage, and justice to the miserable orphanage run by the cantankerous Miss Hannigan. The millionaire Daddy Warbucks decides to host little orphan Annie at his home for a short time as a media gimmick without realizing that his feelings for her will grow and change both their lives forever.

Annie was an adaptation of the 1924 newspaper comic strip. Martin Charnin got the idea for the musical adaptation in 1972. He presented the idea to book-writer Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse, they both thought the idea was a terrible one. It became one of the most successful and beloved plays ever. The original Broadway production opened on April 22nd, 1977 and starred Andrea McArdle as Annie, Reid Shelton as Daddy Warbucks, Dorothy Loudon as Miss Hannigan and Sandy Faison as Grace Farrell.

The Bear Lakes Arts Council is pleased to present, Annie! The production will be held in the Bear Lake Middle School Auditorium, with showings on July 25 — 27 & 29th, addition showings on August 2nd & 3rd. Adults$12 children $8- reduced price family night tickets for July 29th show. Tickets are on sale now. Contact Shanna Spuhler 435-881-9397 for ticket information.

The Bear Lake Arts Council’s mission is to enhance participation in the arts in the Bear Lake community by promoting cultural and artistic opportunities. Auditions were held on April 29th and 30th. Over 40 very talented kids and adults auditioned! What an exciting opportunity for this community, not only for the performers, but for the attendees as well. Annie promises to be an exciting and entertaining performance that will capture the audience’s imagination.

Community plays are a perfect way to introduce children to the arts and help develop a love for culture and perhaps performing. “Attending a performance can promote a connection with an understanding of humanity in a bigger sense.” Plays allow the audience to feel emotions that they may not experience in everyday life. There is always an element to the storyline extends beyond the average viewers’ life. Emotional benefits are an increased ability to comprehend and empathize with other people’s feelings. The ability to empathize with others plays a significant role in our social lives, and by attending plays, it allows the audience to develop this critical emotion.

So why do we love Annie? Annie tugs at our heartstrings as we see the orphans singing and dreaming about having loving parents and families. It’s a feel-good rescue fantasy with Daddy Warbucks saving the day and giving Annie a millionaire lifestyle. We love to hate the terrible Miss Hannigan and laugh, watching the children find clever ways to make her life miserable. The catchy songs are amazing, and you’ll be guaranteed to be singing them all the way home. Lastly, Annie is a hero, and everyone loves a hero. She stands up to bullies and Miss Hannigan. It has all the elements of a great play by evoking laughter, tears, excitement, and love.

The Bear Lake Arts Council has outdone itself by giving the community the opportunity to experience this brilliant play. We are grateful for the many long hours put in to make this possible.

“Tomorrow, tomorrow! I love ya tomorrow! You’re always a day away!”