Spunky ‘Annie’ just in time for holidays at Lyric Arts

Lyric Arts brings the beloved classic Broadway musical “Annie” to the Main Street Stage in Anoka.

Grace (Anna Lakin), pooch Sandy (Hudy Louis of Anoka), Annie (Regan Duffy) and Oliver Warbucks (Corey Okonek) perform in the musical “Annie” at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka through Dec. 16. Photo submitted

Grace (Anna Lakin), pooch Sandy (Hudy Louis of Anoka), Annie (Regan Duffy) and Oliver Warbucks (Corey Okonek) perform in the musical “Annie” at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage in Anoka through Dec. 16. Photo submitted

Becky Rizzio returns to direct the production based on the once-popular cartoon strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” penned by Harold Gray.

“‘Annie’ is a story I’ve loved since I was a little girl, and the chance to bring it to life for the 35th anniversary of its debut on Broadway is an honor,” Rizzio said.

Written by Thomas Meehan with song lyrics by Martin Charnin, and music by Charles Strouse, audiences will be treated to such well-known tunes as “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Easy Street.”

Expect lots of dancing, singing and a heart-warming pooch performance by golden lab Hudy of Anoka inhabiting the role of Sandy, Annie’s faithful companion.

The story takes place before the Christmas holidays. One lucky orphan, Annie and her dog, are selected to spend the holidays with Oliver Warbucks, an eccentric billionaire.

Raised in poverty, Annie soon finds herself among luxury and newly found love. Her new friends seek to find her real parents, but it’s not as easy as it would seem. The cruel Miss Hannigan, matron of the orphanage where Annie stays, and Hannigan’s over-the-top, sleazy brother, Rooster, try to foil the plan and Annie’s path to happiness.

Rizzio directed “White Christmas” at Lyric Arts last year in a sold-out run.

Lyric Arts Main Street Stage presents “Annie,” through Dec. 16, tickets $16 – $26. The theater is located at 420 East Main St., Anoka. For more information visit www.lyricarts.org or call the box office at 763-422-1838.

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