Footlight Annie

Spotlight Associate Nancy Henke-Konopasek reviews “Annie” …

Footlight Theatre’s production of Annie, directed by Robert W. Komendera, was simply delightful from the orphanage to the mansion…from start to finish! Maddi Reese Ames, in the title role, was one of the best Annies I have seen in this role (including Chicago productions). Amy Crane, as Miss Hannigan, gave a hilarious performance with her amazing comedic timing. Tim Le Donne, as Oliver Warbucks, was outstanding as he and Annie created their bond. The entire cast from Drake, the butler, played by Jamel “Yogi” Williams, to the orphans and chorus made this production a joy to watch.

Set during the Great Depression, this musical is far from depressing and radiates the promise of a bright tomorrow! The story revolves around an optimistic orphan, Annie, who is seeking to find her forever family. Bet your bottom dollar, you’re going to love it! Both children and adults thoroughly enjoyed this musical, and it held the attention of children as young as five in the audience.

Don’t miss this one! Annie runs through April 22 at Footlight Theatre, 1705 Franklin Street, Michigan City, Indiana. Call 219/874-4035 for reservations.

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