(Bath, NY) – The sun may come out tomorrow, but there’s plenty of warmth and brilliance inside Family Life as the ministry prepares to open “Annie,” one of the world’s best loved musicals coming to Bath, March 9-11 and March 15-17.
The performances will run as four dinner shows, one dessert show, and one show-only performance. An intimate, refreshing dining experience awaits dinner guests after which lights will shine on “Annie,” revealing America’s favorite little orphan, her quarrelsome peers, and the NYC orphanage that houses them.
“I have done this show so many times it’s like returning home,” says Family Life’s Performing Arts Director, Peter Maier. “While many of our productions lean more on the realistic side, this show will have undercurrents of Harold Gray’s whimsical comic strip, ‘Little Orphan Annie.’”
Set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago. With the help of her cohorts, Annie escapes into the city. In one adventure after another, the irrepressible little girl foils Miss Hannigan’s evil schemes, befriends President Roosevelt, and finds favor with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
“We’re having some fun with the set by using a twist on the ancient Greek theatre convention, periaktoi, or triangular towers, to make New York City another character in the show. The colors will be saturated with each building done in a thick black outline, creating a look and feel that falls somewhere between a pop-up book and a comic book.”
Known for its signature songs like “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” as well as “Easy Street” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” “Annie” has remained a classic for more than four decades with good reason.
“I can’t tell you how many people have come up to me saying that “Annie” was the first musical they ever saw,” says Maier. “This show won six TONY awards in 1977, including best musical and best score. It’s the kind of high caliber theater we want to be known for at Family Life.”
“Annie” dinner performances are March 9, 10, 16, 17. Friday night showings start at 6:30 PM and Saturday night showings start at 5:30 PM. There is a dessert-only matinee March 11 starting at 2:30 PM and a show-only performance March 15 starting at 7:30 PM. Doors open 45 minutes prior. Ticket prices range from $15 to $34.50 with group discounts available.
Family Life is located at 7634 Campbell Creek Road (County Rte. 14) in Bath. Call 1.800.927.9083 for more information or visit www.fln.org/tickets.
About Family Life Ministries, Inc.
Family Life Ministries is devoted to strengthening individuals and families through Christian radio broadcasting, concerts, educational and social programs, biblical counseling, and the performing arts. Headquartered in Bath, N.Y., Family Life was founded in 1957, and provides various activities and programs for youth, adults, singles and seniors.
Family Life owns a Christian radio network of 23 stations and 41 translators broadcasting in regions of New York and Pennsylvania. Established in 1983, the radio network is a listener-supported broadcaster currently reaching a potential listenership of 5 million.
For more information on Family Life, visit www.fln.org.