Farmington Hills, Mich (WXYZ) - Annie, the feel-good, rags-to-riches musical that took Broadway by storm opens December 13 th at the Farmington Players Barn, and the holiday classic is almost sold out.
Maryanna Lauter of Farmington Hills stars as the rambunctious little redhead who steals Daddy Warbucks' heart. She's almost ten and a half years old, a fifth grader at Warner Upper Elementary School, and she's playing her dream role. "From a parent's point of view, I couldn't be more proud of Maryanna's work so far in developing this role," says her mother Amy Lauter who is co-directing the show. "She pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes Annie"
Annie, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, book by Thomas Meehan is currently enjoying a revival on Broadway. The family-friendly hit tells the tale of the young orphan girl searching for her birth parents. It's based on the "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip of 1924. When the show first hit Broadway in 1977 it was an instant hit, winning seven Tony Awards, including the "triple crown" for best musical, book and score (loaded with toe-tapping hits embedded into the American consciousness; Tomorrow, It's The Hard Knock Life, Maybe, NYC, Easy Street and more).
In the Farmington Players production, Dorne Lefere of Metamora plays the billionaire Warbucks, who hopes to adopt Annie and helps her look for her parents. Director Lauter says Dorne and Maryanna are a treat to see onstage. "From a director's point of view it has been so rewarding to watch the chemistry...You can really see the genuine warm feelings they bring out in one another, which I think the audiences will really enjoy," says Lauter.
Co-director Terie Spencer of Commerce Township says, "Many people already know the story of Annie, but I think they'll come away from this production with a real sense of the relationships between the characters- the funny, the sad, and the sweet moments." Spencer says audiences will also be dazzled by a unique twist to the production. The Barn designed this version of Annie to reflect the comic strip origins of the story which Spencer insists, "creates some unique and striking visuals."
Adding to the magic at "The Barn" are exceptional performances by Shannon Groves of South Lyon who plays "Grace Farrell," Warbucks' loyal secretary - with a great deal of class. Rachel Biber of Huntington Woods shines as "Miss Hannigan," the character everyone loves to hate. Brandon Mace of Novi serves up excitement with his portrayal of "Rooster,' and Tony Targan of West Bloomfield plays a charming President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Throw in 16 talented children and "Murphy" who plays "Sandy" the dog and you have a show sure to delight crowds with every performance.
Since Annie is a show families can enjoy together, The Farmington Players added three Saturday Matinees at 2pm, December 14th, 21st and 28 th.
Annie opens December 13th on the Barn's brand new stage floor, and runs through December 29th. . For ticket details check www.farmingtonplayers.org or the box office (248) 553-2955.
The Farmington Players also invite you to like their Facebook group page: "The Farmington Players Barn Theater."
Show Dates & Times
Friday, December 13, 8pm (Opening Night)
Saturday, December 14, 2pm Saturday Matinee
Saturday, December 14 8pm
Sunday, December 15, 2pm (Senior Sunday, $2 Off)
Friday, December 20, 8pm
Saturday, December 21, 2pm (Saturday Matinee)
Saturday, December 21, 8pm
Sunday, December 22, 2pm (Sunday Matinee)
Friday, December 27, 8pm
Saturday December 28, 2pm (Saturday Matinee)
Saturday December 28, 8pm
Sunday December 29, 2pm (Sunday Matinee)
Tickets (reserved seats) are almost sold out. Check www.farmingtonplayers.org and the box office at
• Adults: $18
• Students: $2 off any performance
• Senior Sunday: Only on Sunday December 15th ($2 off for Seniors)
• Group Discounts: $2 off any show with a group of ten or more people.
The Farmington Players Barn is located at 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills Michigan 48334. It's the big white barn on the north side of 12 mile between Orchard Lake and Farmington Rd.