FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANNIE
BATON ROUGE (February 4, 2020)
New Venture Theatre Presents “Annie”
New Venture Theatre presents Annie, one of America’s most beloved musicals, March 27, 28 and 29, 2020, on the LSU Shaver Theatre Stage. Annie is directed by New Venture’s Artistic Director Greg Williams Jr. and choreographed by Dwight Bell, with music direction by Marcus Haney. Showtimes and tickets for Annie are available now
A fixture on the theatre scene in Baton Rouge, Williams usually directs shows with a certain flair from the original. Williams is basing this production in Harlem, New York, during the launch of the Harlem Renaissance. To lead the cast in understanding the fashion and style of this era, R’Myni Watson, a theatre historian, will offer historical workshops to the cast throughout rehearsals.
“At the end of the day, Annie represents a much-needed reminder of perseverance, hope, faith, and joy! In spite of difficult times and the hardships Annie suffers, she remains resilient!”
“I was inspired to do this show because one of my actors came up to me after a production last season and said, ‘I wish I could do Annie, but I can’t because I’m black.’ This got the gears in my mind working, and I had to ask the question: why can’t Annie be any race possible?”
“One of my favorite movies is Disney’s Cinderella (1997), and I loved how they focused on telling a beautiful story that we can all relate to and connect with—not just one race! What a beautiful gift it would be to have a show featuring all different walks of life telling a universal story that celebrates uniting us and not dividing! At the end of the day, Annie represents a much-needed reminder of perseverance, hope, faith, and joy! In spite of difficult times and the hardships Annie suffers, she remains resilient!” Williams said.
In order to set a similar context for the audience, Williams’ production will feature a scenic design that celebrates Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s.
“The goal of our cast is for audience members to be caught up in the colorful, vivid imagination of a child, Annie’s optimism, and know—as she does—that a new day will always dawn, bringing hope for the future,” Williams said.
Colorful Cast of Characters for Annie
The 34-member cast will portray the memorable Annie characters. Including the evil Miss Harrington, who runs the orphanage; the orphan girls, who help Annie escape; and those she meets in her search for family, Clayton Powell Jr. and members of his administration, Rooster and Lily (pretending to be her long-lost parents) and the billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, who brings Annie into his own family.
Annie will be playing on March 27, 28 and 29, 2020, at the LSU Shaver Theatre Stage in Baton Rouge. Tickets are on sale now at www.newventuretheatre.org.