Prince William Little Theatre presents one of America’s most beloved musicals, “Annie,” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center from July 19-28.
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a worldwide phenomenon as the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The cherished book and score by Tony-Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow.”
Director Melissa Jo York-Tilley noted that, even though “Annie” is set in the Great Depression, its themes are universal.
“The characters are built around the incredible talents of our actors,” she said. “For some, this is their first time on stage while others have a lot of experience. They all have their part to play as do the groups involved in lighting, backstage, design and music to give you, the audience, an uplifting experience.”
York-Tilley’s latest production of “9 to 5 the Musical” was recognized by peers in the Washington, D.C., area through the WATCH Award program. The show earned a nomination for Best Props and won the WATCH award for Best Featured Actress for Melanie McCleerey. McCleerey returns to PWLT to play Miss Hannigan in this production.
Often called America’s happiest musical, “Annie” tells a story of a spunky orphan named Annie (played by Michelle Stein) who longs to leave the orphanage. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan (McCleerey). With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City. She encounters adventure after fun-filled adventure, and even befriends President Franklin Roosevelt (Drew Fleming). She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Ahmad Maaty), his personal secretary Grace Farrell (Sarah Jane Scott) and a lovable mutt named Sandy – played by Tucker the service dog.
The cast also includes Cameron Lee Conlan as Rooster Hannigan, Melanie McGuin as Lily St. Regis, 11 orphans played by Carleigh Beckner, Cecilia Laird, Julissa Lambert, Elizabeth Maxted, Vanessa Maxted, Brielle McCleerey, Adrianna Weir, and Mila Weir, and an adult ensemble with featured roles played by Alex Tyree, Becca Harney, Caty Nicholson, Darcy Heisey, Don Wilson, Drew Fleming, Elizabeth Reyes, Eric Verchot, Hayley Katarina, Kacie Brady, Katie Morris, Kurt Gustafson, Kyle Prado, Lisa Arnold, MJ Madrigal, Pat McInerney, Stacy Crickmer, and Tim McCleerey.
Prince William Little Theatre’s production is produced by York-Tilley, with assistant director/vocal director Christine Maxted, music director James Maxted, choreographer Melanie McGuin and stage manager Mary Ann Hall.
Performances are in the Gregory Family Theater at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle in Manassas, for two weekends: At 8 p.m. July 19-20, 25-27, and at 2 p.m. July 20-21, 27-28. The 2 p.m. performance July 27 is a sensory-friendly production through a partnership with Didlake.
Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for seniors, students and active military; and $15 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online at www.PWLT.org.
Annie - Michelle Stein
Oliver Warbucks - Ahmad Maaty
Grace Farrell - Sarah Jane Scott
Miss Aggie Hannigan - Melanie McCleerey
Rooster Hannigan - Cameron Lee Conlan
Lily St. Regis – Melanie McGuin
Molly – Marissa Prado
Kate – Amelia Robertson
Tessie – Alannah McCleerey
Pepper – Itsuko Scoville
July – Avery Heisey
Duffy - Hope Carey
Sandy the dog– Tucker MacFarlane
Orphan Ensemble: Carleigh Beckner, Cecilia Laird, Julissa Lambert, Elizabeth Maxted, Vanessa Maxted, Brielle McCleerey, Adrianna Weir, and Mila Weir.
Ensemble: Alex Tyree, Becca Harney, Caty Nicholson, Darcy Heisey, Don Wilson, Drew Fleming, Elizabeth Reyes, Eric Verchot, Hayley Katarina, Kacie Brady, Katie Morris, Kurt Gustafson, Kyle Prado, Lisa Arnold, MJ Madrigal, Pat McInerney, Stacy Crickmer, and Tim McCleerey.
Producer/Director: Melissa Jo York-Tilley
Assistant Director/Vocal Director: Christine Maxted
Music Director: James Maxted
Choreographer: Melanie McGuin
Stage Manager: Mary Ann Hall
Assistant Stage Manager: Tori Baker
Lighting Design: Ken & Patti Crowley
Costume Designer: Kathy Dunlap
Sound Designer: James William Moore
Properties Designer: Kelsey Moran
Hair & Make-up Design: Melissa Jo York-Tilley
Set Design: James Maxted