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Annie: 2002

Set against a backdrop of Manhattan in the midst of the Great Depression, Annie follows the rags-to-riches story of an 11-year-old orphan.

Annie’s only hope is to escape the New York orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Will billionaire Daddy Warbucks finally make her dreams come true?

The musical was based on Harold Gray’s Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Lyricist and director Martin Charnin convinced initially sceptical playwright Thomas Meehan and composer Charles Strouse to adapt the cartoon for the stage.

Annie first opened on Broadway in April, 1977, running for 2,377 performances – making it one the longest running musicals of the 1970s. The following year it opened at the Victoria Palace in London, where it enjoyed a hugely successful run.

The movie version, starring Albert Finney, Aileen Quinn, Ann Reinking and Carol Burnett, followed in 1982. Despite being described as “entertaining” by critics, the film was a major financial disaster and won a Golden Raspberries award for Worst Supporting Actress.
Songs include Tomorrow, Little Girls, I Think I’m Going to Like it Here, Easy Street, You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long, Maybe, A New Deal for Christmas and You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.

Annie kids
Cast and Crew:
Annie Rachel and Helen Swift
Daddy Warbucks Jimmy Brown
Grace Farrell Elizabeth Curd
Miss Hannigan Jan Clemens
Rooster Mark Rycraft
Lily Vanessa Elliott
Molly Violet Bootman
Tessie Rachel Swift and Helen Swift
Pepper Samantha James
Duffy Olivia James
July Lydia Pickwick
Kate Kate Brewster
President Rooseveldt Doug Dunkley
Drake John Geerts
Officer Ward Roy Northwood
Bert Healy Dave Chapman
Jimmy Johnson John Murray
Fanny McCracken Lucy Nightingale
Boylan Sisters Pauline Adams, Samantha Barham and Stephanie Munno
Francis Perkins Sandra Nightingale
Harrold Ickes John Murray
Cordell Hull Phil Pickwick
Mrs Pugh Eilean Moulang
Mrs Greer Sandra Nightingale
Cecille Alice Arrenburg
Annette Lucy Nightingale
Sophie Gillian Shouler
Peggy Dee Holland
Assistant Dog Handler James Underwood
Apple Seller Eilean Moulang
Ira Doug Dunkley
Fred John Murray
Bundles Phil Pickwick
Dancer Taff Steen
Marine James Underwood
Orphans Annie Partridge, Hattie Bloxham, Nicola Atkinson, Ellie Underwood, Ellie Bain, Lily Bootman, Ruth Arrenberg, Danielle Sharp
Chorus Justine Dalton, Pam Cowley, Jane Brewster, Tom Pickwick, Joe Underwood, Joe Holt, Tom Brewster Holly Tighe, Lily Tighe
Director Glynis Northwood and Rosemary Gentry
Musical Director Andy Stewart
Drums Dave French
Bass Tim Brewster
Prompt Rosemary Gentry
Lights Glynis Northwood
Wardrobe Anne Milne, Mary Dunkley & Gill Shouler
Make up Wendy Steel
Set Construction Roy Northwood, John Murray, Andy Steel, Gary Fincham, Charles Street, Keith Cockings, Jimmy Brown
Props Eilean Moulang
Publicity Karen Pickwick

T.A.T.S would like to thank the following people for their help and support: John Howlett, Janet and Keith Cockings, Tim from the Three Fishes, Charles Street, Tim Brewster.

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