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Putnam County Playhouse opens season with ‘Annie’


Emery Jane Allen as Annie Emery Jane Allen as Annie The 57th season of the Putnam County Playhouse opens this week with a production of the popular musical Annie. It will be produced June 7-10 and June 13-16. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except Sunday, June 10, which begins at 3 p.m.

All tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling the box office at 765-763-5880 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Some performances are nearly sold out, so reserve your tickets as soon as possible.

The show is sponsored by Hopkins-Rector and Bittles & Hurt Funeral Homes.

The director for Annie is Caroline Good. Musical and vocal direction is by Erik Foster. Pit conductor and pianist is Amy Tharp. Also in the orchestra are Morgan Asher, keyboard; Tim Good, trumpet; Adam Eaton, trumpet; Dede Schwomeyer, percussion; and Tom Maher, bass guitar.

Choreography is by Sarah Bond who was assisted by Joshua Saul Bain and Fiona Good. Scenic design and painting is by Linda Gjesvold.

The title role of the resourceful orphan Annie is played by Crawfordsville fifth grader, Emery Jane Allen. Her benefactor, Oliver Warbucks is played by Ric McFadden, who also did vocal direction for the show.

Additional leading roles are taken by Lisa McCoy as Grace Farrell, Shelly McFadden as Miss Hannigan, Andrew Ranck as Rooster Hannigan, Meghan Armitage as Lily St. Regis, and local musician Chris Wurster as Drake, the major domo.

Also in featured and ensemble roles are Sarah Ryan, Devin Huff, Michaela Semak, Dustin Bond, Scott Armitage, Jay Prewitt, Amanda Henry, Bryson Worman, Jack Randall Earles, Dianna Baysinger, Ruthie Mann, and Aubree Whicker.

The other leading orphans are played by Charlie Hall, Sophia Shelton, Ellie Henry, Bailey Boggess, Abby Foster, and Sadie Henry.

Featured orphans include Jocelyn Gardner, Penny Cummings, Eleanor Knuth, Hallie Homler, Chloe Gardner, Sawyer Case, Catherine Ryan- Shager, Lillian N. Welch, Elyse Ensley, Angel Rasner, Kathryn Kempf and Lara Schneider.

Ensemble members who play multiple roles are Gaven Bingman, Alex Foster, Robin Schneider, Paige Kaiser, and Julie Collenbaugh.

Two canines, Lulu and Vixen, are also featured.

Production stage managers are Mason Allen and Noah D. Pettit; Assistant stage manager is Cameron Wunderlich; Conner George, Becca George, and Grant Pettit are also working backstage. The technical crew includes Darvell Burger, Haley Wilson, Grace Elmore, Sarah Nowling, all working under the direction of Craig Armitage and Dustin Bond.

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