Curtain’s up next weekend for ‘Annie’
April 18, 2013 2:22PM
Miss Hannigan (Camille Auskalnis, of Orland Park) scolds Annie (Sarah Walton, of New Lenox) in a scene from the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s spring musical "Annie." | Supplied photo
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:16AM
The Orland Park Theatre Troupe will perform the musical “Annie” at 7 p.m. Friday and also at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and April 28 at the Performing Arts Center at Carl Sandburg High School, 13300 LaGrange Road.
“This is a show for musical lovers of all ages. It’s a great outing for the entire family,” said Orland Park Recreation program supervisor Stephanie Simpson, the show’s executive producer.
“Annie” is based on the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie and tells the story of an 11-year-old girl living in the Municipal Orphanage on New York’s Lower East Side.
Producer/director Frann Carnivele-Sidlow said, “We have a phenomenal cast from throughout the region, and our audiences will not be disappointed.”
Grace Kane, Orland Park, and Sarah Walton, New Lenox, share the role of Annie. Joe Nowinski of Chicago Ridge is Oliver Warbucks. Orland Park’s Camille Auskalnis is Miss Hannigan, the orphanage principal, and Kathy Janik of Lemont is Warbucks’ secretary, Grace Farrell.
Eric Walton of New Lenox is Rooster Hannigan while Orland Park’s Sarah Callis is Rooster’s girlfriend, Lily St. Regis — the show’s dance captain. Orland Park’s Dan McMillan returns to the village’s troupe, appearing as President Franklin Roosevelt.
“What’s really neat about this cast is the number of family members performing together,” Carnivele-Sidlow said. “We have siblings, parents and children and even adult siblings in this show.”
“This is one of the larger casts we’ve had for our spring musical,” Simpson said. “We have 50 orphans and more than 80 cast members, all coming together to bring Broadway to life in Orland Park,” she said.
Jimmy Mazeika is the show’s assistant director with Michael Barr serving as musical director. Desiree Mikols choreographed the show with Michael Dicksen designing the set. Carol Dicksen is the show’s costume designer.
Reserved tickets may be purchased at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Building, 14600 S. Ravinia Ave. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors/students and $14 for children. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.
Information is at (708) 403-7275.