The sun will come out tomorrow when the Performing Arts for Children and Teens troupe presents the first of four performances in its limited-run production of “Annie” on the South Jackson Civic Center stage.
Based off the Harold Gray comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” the musical tells the tale of 11-year-old orphan Annie (Kaicie Kidd), who lives in an orphanage run by the mean Miss Hannigan (Laura Arni) during the 1930s.
When the rich and powerful Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (Frank Wonder) decides to take in an orphan to improve his image, Annie is the girl for the job.
The original Broadway production of “Annie” opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, setting a record for the Alvin Theatre in New York City.
The show is a family-friendly musical featuring iconic numbers such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life.”
The show is the final PACT production of the year and features Buffy Davis in her directorial debut.
Davis has appeared in numerous shows in the area and is an avid musical theater fan, but wanted to step behind the curtain and take a swing at directing a show.
According to Davis, she’s currently taking a director’s course at Motlow and thought “Annie” would be a perfect marriage of her coursework and practical work experience.
“I actually am getting credit for this show,” she said.
Davis said she would like to break into the musical theater world as a potential career, and starting with a local production was the perfect opportunity.
“I would love to go into a career in musical theater in the future, either as a director or a coach or even an actress,” she said. “That would be an ideal dream.”
Having her first production nearly under her belt, Davis said she has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It’s been quite a big project to take on for the first time,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed this.”
Not only is Davis doing this for herself, she’s also helping out a dear friend.
“My best friend [Erika Petersen] is having a baby on Friday night, and so I stepped in to help her out,” she said. “She’s our vocal director, and she’s one of my besties.”
When asked what audiences should expect of the production, Davis said they should expect to see the “classic” tale they’ve grown up with.
“We tried to stay just as true to the classic as possible,” she said, “so if they have a sweet spot in their heart (for the show) from when they were a child or for their children, then they should expect to see that childhood memory come to life for them on stage.”
Rounding out the main cast are Lily Duckworth (Molly), Kiauna Lawrence (July), Brianna Pence (Duffy), Amethyst Phillips (Tessie), Avery Sisk (Kate), Elizabeth Womack (Pepper), Zeb Swerske (Rooster Hannigan), Marley Swerske (Lily St. Regis), Emily Orris (Grace Ferrell) and Gavin Good (Sandy).
Also starring in the show are Olivia Beavers, KaCee Bordenet, Russell Bordenet, PR Bradford, Kendyn Brock, Cora Brown, Iris Brown, Brie Cooley, Alyssa Denney, Natalya Fritz, Eliza Griffey, McKenna Hankins, Violet Hendricks, Johnathan Higdon, Mattie Hodges, Alayna Howard, Aliyah Howard, Abby Johnson, Lilliana Johnson, Tucker Johnson, Janette King, Randall King, Karalee Lawrence, Kiauna Lawrence, Skye Lee, Crystal McCullough, Kate McGregor, Avery McLean, Harper McShea, Joseph Melton, Rachael Metcalf, Wayne Metcalf, Alexander Murphy, Beca Murphy, Danika Murphy, Callie Murray, Hallie Kate Neal, Abigail Nelson, Alyson Newsom, Charlotte Petersen, Betsy Phillip, Peyton Pinegar, Lauren Rogers, Jon Rubke, Susan Rubke, Heidi Sepulveda, Carley Sisk, Aubrey Smith, Ashlyn Stacy, Annika Stefanut, Teresa Stephens, Leah Swarts, Hope Taylor, Mark Thomasson, Olivia Thomasson, Richard Thomasson, Sophia Thomasson, Alexia Thompson, Kenley Tipps, Kileigh Tipps, Skyler Wanamaker, Stephanie Whiting, Alex Wiley, Maddy Wiley, Charlotte Womack, Elizabeth Womack, Jessica Womack, Jonathan Woodfin, Sasha Wulf and Douglas Yurick.
Tickets are available now at www.southjackson.org or may be purchased at the door on the day of the performances.
General admission tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. A special student rate is also available for $15 in advance or $17 at the door.
Show times are 7 p.m. on July 11-13 and 2:30 p.m. on July 14.