‘The sun will come out’ Tuesday as this Mississippi theater hosts touring production of “Annie”

Published 9:25 pm Sunday, March 24, 2024

Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Heindl Center for the Performing Arts is bringing “Annie” the touring production to the Senatobia stage on March 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The beloved classic story is about Annie, fellow orphans, and their mean caretaker, Miss Hannigan. Annie believes she was mistakenly left behind by her parents and believes she’s saved by Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. The musical is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” by Harold Gray which premiered in 1924 and was even earlier inspired by an 1885 poem of the same name by James Whitcomb Riley.

The musical was adapted in 1977 by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin, and Tomas Meehan. The musical’s story follows Annie during the Great Depression of the 1930s in New York City. Ever hopeful and cheerful, the characters in Annie are bright and colorful bringing one back to childhood imagination, wonder, and hope. With iconic lines that anyone would recognize, you’ll have no doubt the hope it can make you feel when you hear the “sun will come out tomorrow.”

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Since “Annie’s” first run on Broadway, it has been seen in theatres across America and has been performed by touring groups, high schools, community theatres, and more.

“We are so excited to bring the official touring production ‘Annie’ to the Heindl Center stage on Tuesday, March 26,” said Dr. Blake Bostick, director of the Heindl Center. “This timeless classic is a heartwarming tale of optimism and resilience, coupled with unforgettable songs, and it is a treat for the whole family. Holding onto hope when times are tough can take an awful lot of determination, and sometimes, an awful lot of determination comes in a surprisingly small package. Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is coming to the Heindl Center. So whatever hard knocks life throws your way, you can bet your bottom dollar that you and your family will love this show.”

If you’d like to learn more about the Heindl Center or purchase tickets, please visit heindlcenter.org.