By on November 16, 2017

Broadway Classic “Annie” Brings Smiles To The Stage

Annie: The Musical kicks off the 2017-18 Kodak Center Main Stage Season as part of National Adoption Month

Book by Thomas Meehan; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Martin Charnin; Based on Little Orphan Annie

Little orphan Annie will charm the hearts of all when she kicks off the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA)’s 2017-18 Main Stage season from November 18-26, 2017.  Annie: The Musical has become a worldwide phenomenon since the 1970s and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Since RAPA’s move to the Kodak Center in 2013, Jim Vollertsen (RAPA’s CEO/President) has assembled a team of professional actors, directors, and designers to mount some of Rochester’s largest theatrical productions. Vollersen has boasted this RAPA production is led by a strong professional team.

Judith A. Ranaletta (Director) is an Eastman trained singer, actress, director and voice and acting teacher who has performed in, and directed, over 200 productions, onstage, as well as in radio, television, and film, throughout the United States and Europe. Long-time Vocal Music and Drama Director at Greece Athena High School, her students have performed in 39 different Broadway Shows, and 700 of whom, recently nominated her for the first-ever, 2015 Educator in Theatre TONY Award. A long-time RAPA Director and Founder/Director of RAPA’s ROC City Singers, Judith has also directed extensively for the Rochester Lyric Opera, Rochester Screenplays, and Roberts Wesleyan College and Community Theatre. Judith has twice been honored with the Presidential ARTS Scholar Outstanding Teacher Award by Presidents George H. Bush and Barack Obama.

12-year-old Lea Mancarella of Pittsford, NY takes on the title role of Annie. Mancarella is no newcomer to theatre after recently coming off the 2014-15 National Tour of A Christmas Story: The Musical. Mancarella has also been seen in Goodspeed Musical’s Chasing Rainbows as Shirley Temple, Geva’s A Christmas Carol and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as many feature films and television commercials.

Additionally, RAPA will be partnering with Children Awaiting Parents, Inc. (CAP) as a fundraiser for National Adoption Month. CAP is a national, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. For 45 years, CAP’s mission has been to recruit foster and adoptive families across the United States for children who have been waiting the longest for a family.

A portion of the ticket proceeds will directly benefit CAP’s efforts.

Directly following each performance of Annie, volunteers from CAP will be collecting additional donations in the lobby with information on how to become involved in the organization.

Annie: The Musical performance dates include Saturday, November 18 at 7:30PM; Sunday, November 19 at 2PM; Friday, November 24 at 7:30PM; Saturday, November 25 at 2PM;  and Sunday, November 26 at 2PM. Tickets are available online at www.RapaTheatre.org. Tickets range from $29.50 to $49.50 with discounts for senior, students and kids 12 and under. For more information visit www.RapaTheatre.org or call (585) 254-0073.

Subscriptions for the four-show 2017-2018 Season are also on sale from $210. The season includes Annie, Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money Musical, Damn Yankees, and Oliver.

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