2008-05-09 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Rockaway Theatre Company Opens 2008 Season With Annie

Annie (Janna Sturgis) comforts Molly (Caroline Kelly). Annie (Janna Sturgis) comforts Molly (Caroline Kelly). The Rockaway Theatre Company opened its 2008 season on May 2 with Annie the musical, written by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

Ten-year-old Janna Sturgis, daughter

of RTC's Nancy Sturgis, stepped into the title role and with her canine companion Sandy, played by Lola, captured the audience. Joining Annie at the orphanage are Caroline Kelly, Samantha Mackoff, Caitlin Byrne, Sophia Zweifler, Indigo Signoretti, Emily Bibby, Reilly Ann Charles, Kate Calciano, Miranda Cornell, Celine and Carly Ebert, Paige Humprey, Casey Stabiner and Leila Sturgis. The little ladies entertain the audience as they sing and dance to the choreography of Kathy Valentine.

Adult cast members include Jeanne Barra, a newcomer to the RTC, who plays the role of the miserable Miss Hannigan; Jai Sada, who plays Daddy Warbucks, the father figure to the orphans; Nicole Mangano, as Warbucks' secretary and Gal Friday, Grace Farrell; Bruce Rebold and Catherine Leib, as small time con-artists Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis; and many other fine performers.

Annie and the orphans in awe of Warbucks' home Annie and the orphans in awe of Warbucks' home The production is made possible by many people including directors, Kathy Valentine and Frank Caiati; stage manager, Kristin Kearns; musical director and conductor, Anne Rebold and the 11 piece orchestra; James Cantirino and the set design team; Tony Homsey and the set construction team; and costumier Peggy Vivino.

Annie will be performed through May 18 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Sundays at 2 p.m. The show is held at the Post Theater, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. Proceeds from the Mother's Day matinee will be donated to North Shore Animal League America, which will have puppies, kittens and adult pets available for adoption at 12 p.m. on May 11 at Fort Tilden.

Paige, Janna, Caroline, Leila and Hannigan Paige, Janna, Caroline, Leila and Hannigan Molly buried beneath the laundry Molly buried beneath the laundry Mr. Warbucks (Jai Sada) and Annie Mr. Warbucks (Jai Sada) and Annie Annie and Sandy Annie and Sandy Annie and FDR (Cliff Hesse) Annie and FDR (Cliff Hesse) The cast members sing an encore. The cast members sing an encore.

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