Bluegrass Theatre Guild presents: Annie

Special to The State Journal Published:

Leapin’ Lizards! The Bluegrass Theatre Guild is bringing the beloved musical “Annie” to the stage at Franklin County High School for five performances June 21-24.

Ticket prices are: preferred seating tickets, $15; general admission, $12; seniors and children, $7. Buy tickets at the door or in advance at Poor Richard’s Books; to reserve tickets, call 695-1369.

The show is based on the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strips and is set in 1933, shortly after FDR is elected president. Daddy Warbucks, played by Georgetown College professor John Campbell, sends his secretary Grace, played by Amelia Chase, to select an orphan to spend the holidays with him as a PR stunt.

When Grace selects Annie, played by newcomer Anna Barnes, from Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, he gets more than he bargained for. BTG favorite Ann Johnson plays the role of Miss Hannigan.

Most people will remember the story of Annie from the movie, starring Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan and Albert Finney as Warbucks, but the stage show is very different.

“Yes, the characters are the same,” said director Kate Osterloh, “but there are a few new songs in the stage version.”

This is Osterloh’s Theatre Guild directing debut; she has directed musicals at Franklin County High School the past four years.

“There are just some shows that you can’t do in a high school. Not that we don’t have talented kids, but it’s just hard to find one who can pull off a part like Daddy Warbucks,” she said.

Musical director Raye Hurley said she also enjoys seeing the talent from across the central Kentucky area.

“We have cast members from Scott County, Lawrenceburg, and right here in Frankfort, of course,” Hurley said. “It’s just great to see a community come together.” 

No stranger to the theater, Hurley has put her musical talent to the test, not only teaching the music to the cast, but also putting together a stellar orchestra and conducting this fine group of musicians, including BTG veteran Hollis Rosenstein. 

Choreographer Kara Johnson, who has choreographed numerous productions for BTG and Franklin County High School, has challenged the entire cast from orphans to Hooverites with her fun-filled dances.

 “I am so pleased with the progress the cast has made and particularly proud of our orphans who range in age from 6 to 13 years old,” Johnson said.

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