Enjoy a peek at the production:
What can we accomplish in just 10 days?
70+ cast members.
20+ student technicians, painters, carpenters
6+ professional creative team members.
12+ costumers and stitchers.
When a group of young people collaborate, magic happens.
Join us for family show that’s as All-American as apple pie, fireworks, Christmas time in New York City, and ice cream with red, white and blue jimmies on top!
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Our Children’s Theater series features high-energy productions appropriate for audience members aged four and up. For the youngest theatre-goers who may have difficulty enjoying the show quietly, we offer free babysitting!
From the Summer Stage 2012 production!
“Annie” throughout the 42 seasons at Summer Stage!
From the 1984 Summer Stage production – this was the Mainstage production that year!
From the 1994 Summer Stage production:
From the 1999 Summer Stage production, the first time we did “Annie, Jr.”
The History of Little Orphan Annie:
Little Orphan Annie was a daily American comic strip created by Harold Gray (1894-1968) and syndicated by the Tribune Media Services. The strip took its name from the 1885 poem “Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb Riley, and made its debut on August 5, 1924 in the New York Daily News. It ranked number one in popularity in a Fortune poll in 1937.
The plot follows the wide-ranging adventures of Annie, her dog Sandy and her benefactor Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Secondary characters include Punjab, the Asp and Mr. Am. The strip attracted adult readers with political commentary that targeted (among other things) organized labor, the New Deal and communism.
Following Gray’s death in 1968, several artists drew the strip and, for a time, “classic” strips were reruns. Little Orphan Annie inspired a radio show in 1930, film adaptations by RKO in 1932 and Paramount in 1938 and a Broadway musical Annie in 1977 (which was adapted into a film of the same name three times, one in 1982, one in 1999 and another in 2014). The strip’s popularity declined over the years; it was running in only 20 newspapers when it was cancelled on June 13, 2010. The characters now appear occasionally as supporting ones in Dick Tracy.*