Before heading to Broadway next year, the beloved musical “Annie” hits the stage at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, March 4-13, with an incredible community theatre cast of adult singers/actors, a talented ensemble of orphans and the unique opportunity to adopt a special dog each evening according to BUMC Music and Arts Director Harry Robinson.
In its fourteenth year of community theatre excellence, Robinson said the adult and youth members of the cast are presenting a very charming version of the family-friendly comedy with a dash of adorable dogs.
“With professional Director Dietz Osborne and amazing musicians, ‘Annie’ will be musical theatre magic for the whole family with songs like ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘NYC.’ Our talented cast, including Cate Tucker and Mackenzie Roberts alternating the role of Annie, are joined on stage by theatre veterans Johnny Peppers and Jenny Norris-Light, seen regularly at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, with the voices of Mix 92.9’s Bryan Sargent and WAKM’s Tom Lawrence serving as the 1930s radio announcers,” Robinson said. “An exciting element of our production is our partnership with Happy Tales Humane featuring a special dog at each performance available for adoption.”
In addition to the cast dog, Sandy, a Happy Tales dog will appear on stage in various crowd scenes and will be available for adoption. Interested audience members can visit with the dog during intermission and immediately following the show for possible adoption. For more information, check out the Bethlehem Players videos at www.youtube.com/bethlehemplayers.
The production will have five shows without meals, three dinner shows and four lunch matinees that will give guests the opportunity to have a picture made with Annie and The Gang.
“Annie” is presented by the Bethlehem Players community theatre at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin, TN (37069) during selected times March 4-13. Shows without a dinner are presented March 4, 5, 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Lunch with “Annie and The Gang” are March 5, 6, 12, 13 with box lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the show at 2 p.m. Dinner shows are March 7, 8, and 10 at 4:45 p.m. and the show at 6 p.m. Tickets are sold to shows only for each of the performances as well.
Annie and orphans are double cast with Cate Tucker as Red Cast “Annie” performing with orphans Kayte Miller, Lydia Crider, Sydney Carr, Lauren Haynes, Mary Claire Armistead, Emily Baker, Diana Richards, and Bryanna Richards. Blue Cast “Annie” is Mackenzie Roberts with orphans Jordan Harvey, Reagan Gibbs, Kelly Sasseen, Addie Leonard, Emma Brugman, McKenna Harrington, Morgan Amond, Miranda Hunter and Katherine Light.
Tickets for show-only are $15 for adults and $10 for high school students and younger. Dinner show tickets are $22 for adults and $18 for high students and younger. A 10% discount is available for groups 10 or more paying with one check. For more information, visit www.ticketsnashville.com, www.bethlehemumc.com, 615-791-6456, ext. 2 or www.facebook.com/bethlehemplayers.
The Bethlehem Players are celebrating their 14th year of exceptional family. entertainment staging productions in the Bethlehem Performing Arts Center, Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2419 Bethlehem Loop Road, Franklin (37069). The community theatre outreach program was founded in 1997 by Bethlehem UMC Music and Arts Director Harry Robinson. Since its inception, the Bethlehem Players have successfully staged for packed audiences everything from “The Sound of Music” to “Steel Magnolias.” The acting troop launched their first world premiere, original comedy by Osborne & Eppler, “Southern Fried Funeral” in 2010.
Happy Tales Humane is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of animals in Middle Tennessee by rescuing, caring for, and finding adoptive homes for unwanted pets; by taking action to prevent pet overpopulation; by fostering a respect for all life; by encouraging volunteerism; and by educating the community about responsible pet guardianship. For more info, www.happytaleshumane.com.