12/08/10 The Ramada Wagon Wheel Theater in Warsaw presents its annual Holiday show this December 3-19 with 11 public performances of the hit Broadway musical Annie. Single adult tickets are $30 for all shows.  Tickets for students thirteen through college are $16, and children twelve and under are $12.  Opening Nights and matinees are $22 for seniors.  Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

Not seen at the Wagon Wheel since 2004, this blockbuster show opened on Broadway in 1977 featuring Andrea McArdle in the title role. Set in a New York orphanage during the Great Depression, Annie, age 11, and the other orphans dream of the day when they can have parents who will love them. When Annie’s mission to find her real parents fails, the angered Miss Hannigan, the mean orphanage matron, punishes all the girls. Hannigan is glad to get rid of Annie when the secretary of millionaire Oliver Warbucks arrives asking for an orphan to visit the mansion at Christmas. Annie soon charms “Daddy” Warbucks and enlists his help in finding her parents.

Annie was the winner of 7 Tony Awards in 1977 including Best Musical, and brought Charles Strouse his third Tony Award for Best Original Score.  The award-winning score includes such well-known hits as “Tomorrow,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life,” “Maybe,” “Little Girls,” and many more.  Several movies based on the comic strip have been made, with the most familiar version in 1982. Directed by John Huston, it stars Aileen Quinn as Annie, Albert Finney as Oliver Warbucks, and Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan. A 35th Anniversary Revival of the musical is scheduled for fall of 2012.
This particular production here in Indiana will feature long-time Wagon Wheel favorite Mickey Fisher as the tycoon, Warbucks.  Jake Klinkhammer and Jenn Dow will team up as Rooster and Lili St. Regis and will be joined by several very talented young ladies from Warsaw and the surrounding areas.  Churubusco native Shaniah Ramsey will play the title role along with Rachel Chapman, Brynn Durecki, Lauren Housel, Sadie Lemon, Audrey Rich, Sophia Schlitt and Sydney Trump as the other orphans.

Wagon Wheel Theatre, where you’re never more than ten rows from center stage.