Community theater to help two charities 'Annie': September Song, a theater that works to benefit charity, will perform the classic story of a little girl in search of a family.

September 11, 1998

Little Orphan Annie comes to life tomorrow as September Song opens its 25th season of community theater with "Annie," the Broadway play based on the popular comic strip.

"Annie" tells the story of the 10-year-old orphan who lives in an orphanage and is invited to the mansion of a wealthy man, Daddy Warbucks, for Christmas. He ends up trying to help her find her parents, and when that fails, he becomes her father.

In the middle, a scheming couple pretends to be Annie's parents. A trip to the White House features a meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Ashley Tompakov from Howard County has the title role, with David O'Brien of Baltimore as Daddy Warbucks. Both are new to September Song.

Ann Barcroft plays Grace Farrell, Warbucks' secretary, and Edith Burbage is Miss Hannigan, the evil director of the orphanage where Annie lives.

Other supporting character roles are played by Fred Nell as Bundles, David Gamble as Drake, Rick Richardson as Rooster Hannigan, Nan Kaestner as Lily St. Regis, Ken Berry as Bert Healy and Nancy Nazelrod and Dara Manheim as the Boylon sisters.

The children's cast includes Samantha Glass, Laura Hughes, Sarah Hoffman, Shana Dabbs, Gabrielle Furman and Corrine Ung as Annie's friends in the orphanage.

Members of the orphan's chorus are: Melanie Askin, Caitlin Baummer, Mary Kate Brouillet, Laura Erikson, Lisa Feroli, Bridget Gaither, Katelyn Glass, Elizabeth Higbee, Lauren Schein, Whitnet St. Ours, Katelyn Wicks, Claire Wilson and Emily Wilson.

"There's a very large children's cast," said Mary Honeman, publicity director. "It's a child-friendly show and a very entertaining show for the family."

The play, produced by Hal Fox and directed by Mo Dutterer, features such songs as "Tomorrow" and "Hard Knock Life." Thomas Meehan wrote the script, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.

September Song is an all-volunteer community theater group that performs one play annually to benefit CHANGE Inc. and Therapeutic Recreation Council, which serve individuals with developmental disabilities.

"Annie" will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow, at 2: 30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Sept. 18 and 19 at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and $7 general admission. Tickets are available at Coffey Music, 31 E. Main St., Westminster. Information: 410-857-8569.

Pub Date: 9/11/98

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