Sun comes out June 28 with classic musical
Photo courtesy of Rick Dumont HARD-KNOCK START: Merrill Peiffer (shown here in rehearsal images) plays the heavy-handed Miss Hannigan, the embittered woman in charge of the orphanage where Annie is sent.
PORTSMOUTH — With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms her way into hearts and out of a hard-knock life.
The classic tale of the curly-haired heroine takes center stage this summer at the Prescott Park Arts Festival, running Thursdays through Sundays from June 28 through Aug. 25.
Photo courtesy of Rick Dumont Prescott Park Art Festival's production of "Annie" begins this weekend
Despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City, Annie is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, she escapes to the Big Apple. There she befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Donning the trademark red wig in the role of Annie is Carly Gendell, with Merrill Peiffer as the jaded Miss Hannigan, Scott Caple as the good-natured Warbucks and Buckley the golden retriever as Annie's furry best friend.
Opening show is at 8 p.m. Friday. The Leapin' Lizards Luncheon on Sunday at 11 a.m. precedes the first matinee of the season at 1 p.m. Visitors can meet cast members, have some pizza and yogurt and take part in family activities.
Admission is by suggested donation of $5-$8 at the gate.
For more information about the FairPoint Communications MainStage show, call the box office at 436-2848 or log onto prescottpark.org.