Open Arts Alliance stages ‘Annie JR.’ at Greenwich Library
Open Arts Alliance is staging its upcoming musical production of “Annie JR.” at the Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library on Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28.
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, “Annie JR.” features the little redhead who charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. “Annie JR.” is specially edited to be performed by youngsters in a shortened version.
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The production is produced by the Greenwich-based non-profit organization, Open Arts Alliance, which is dedicated to arts education and enrichment for children and senior citizens throughout the state.
Rocco Natale directs with Ronnie Staplefield as Associate Producer and Jennifer Dunn serving as choreographer. Music direction is by Kerry Gavin with scenic and costume designs by Maria Colonnato and set construction by Jack Kriskey. Julia Bibeault stage manages with student stage manager Katie Singer Jensen and student director Lily Bartels.
The cast features more than 70 performers of 150 students who auditioned for the educational production. The show stars Tessa Addeo, Maddy Adorney, Estelle Alexander, Maya Antipov, Lily Bartels, Kate Baxendale, Charlotte Bello, Joselyn Brown, Summer Campo, Elena Cappella, Maeve Carey, Olivia Childs, Phebe Childs, Steven Csak, Sabina Csak, Sofia Degani, Isabella Degani, Maeve Donat, Gabbi Frabrizio, Marisol Flores, Sydney Friedman, Charlee Kate Gartrell, Quinn Gavin, Martina Gimenez Uriburu, Hannah Ginste, Taite Harman, Emma Harvey, Megan Hayes, Olivia Hirsch, Averi Israel, Joelle Singer Jensen, Katie Singer Jensen, John Kilgallen, Robbie Kohn, Mary Alice Kohn, Aidan Kummell, Bryn Kummell, Keagan Laczkowski, Jordyn Libow, Zach Libow, Luke Merrill, Sofia Munoz, Christopher Munoz, Aoife O’Donnell, Niamh O’Donovan, Ava Passamano, Jane Pecorin, Juliana Piazza, Isabella Revilla-Musi, Colleen Salvate, Erin Salvate, Isabel Schlaack, Lucia Sepulveda, Maria Sharavarnyk, Alex Shaw, Rachel Shereck, Molly Shields, David Spitzer, Dyer Steele, Sophia Swain, Ava Wagner-Nast, Adam Walker, Ben Walker, Lula Wang, Sydney Warner, Sophia Wasserman, Joshua Winston, Lily Yardis, Michael Yardis and Juliette Zabel.
Cast members are from Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Rye, N.Y., and Long Island, N.Y., make this production an opportunity for students to meet other young artists from different towns, the organization said in a news release.
Cole Auditorium at Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Saturday, April 27, 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m. $15. 203-869-1630, ext. 304.