The sun will come out… for the holidays

Lyric Arts stages ‘Annie’ celebrating the shows 35th anniversary

Champlin residents Laurel Kaeferlein as Bonnie Boylan, Shanda Hannan as Connie Boylan, and Jeffrey Maas as Morganthau will appear in Lyric Arts’ production of Annie, performing Nov.16 through Dec. 16.

Champlin residents Laurel Kaeferlein as Bonnie Boylan, Shanda Hannan as Connie Boylan, and Jeffrey Maas as Morganthau will appear in Lyric Arts’ production of Annie, performing Nov.16 through Dec. 16.

Anna Lakin as Grace, Hudy as Sandy, Regan Duffy as Annie, and Corey Okonek as Oliver Warbucks performing in Annie at Lyric Arts.
Anna Lakin as Grace, Hudy as Sandy, Regan Duffy as Annie, and Corey Okonek as Oliver Warbucks performing in Annie at Lyric Arts.

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the beloved Broadway sensation “Annie” on the Main Street Stage this holiday season. The production will feature three Champlin residents including Laurel Kaeferlein as Bonnie Boylan, Shanda Hannan as Connie Boylan, and Jeffrey Maas as Morganthau.

It’s almost Christmas, and one lucky orphan will be chosen to spend the holidays with eccentric billionaire Oliver Warbucks. With luck — and a little scheming — spitfire redhead, Annie, and her faithful dog Sandy are the lucky winners. Melting the heart of the hard-headed and intimidating Daddy Warbucks, Annie is swept away into a world of luxury and newfound love. Finding Annie’s real parents might not be as easy as it seems, however — the dynamic duo faces unexpected challenges as the cruel orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, tries everything to foil their plan. With one of Broadway’s most adored characters and memorable scores, songs like Easy Street, It’s a Hard Knock Life, and, of course, Tomorrow, assure that audiences will leave with a smile on their face and a skip in their step just in time for the holidays.

“Annie” has a special place in the Lyric Arts history as it was the last show produced in the Pocket Theater. After the smashing success of “Annie”, Lyric Arts moved to its current location on the Main Street Stage in 2001.

“Annie” has a special place in director Becky Rizzio’s heart too.

“I’m delighted to have been asked back to be a part of this production,” said Rizzio, “Annie is a story I’ve loved since I was a little girl, and the chance to bring it to life for the 35th anniversary of its debut on Broadway is an honor.”

Rizzio is well-known at Lyric Arts for her previous show, “White Christmas,” which completely sold-out for the duration of its run last December. She couldn’t be happier about spending the holidays yet again on the Main Street Stage.

“Lyric Arts is the warmest most inviting theater company of which I have ever been part,” said Rizzio. “‘Tis the season of Annie, and there is nowhere else more joyful.”

 

If you go…

“Annie” opens Nov.16 and runs through Dec. 16. Tickets for the production and reservations can be made by calling the box office at 763-422-1838 or by visiting the Lyric Arts website at www.lyricarts.org.

Patrons looking to extend their evening at the theater are invited to celebrate the opening of Annie by attending Lyric Arts’ exclusive “Opening Night Gala” on Nov. 16. Gala guests will be provided heavy appetizers and bottomless drinks before the show, a V.I.P. line during intermission, and dessert afterwards with the cast and crew for only $18 over the price of the initial ticket.

Theater enthusiasts are also welcome to join in an exciting talk-back question and answer session with the “Annie” cast and crew on Nov. 25. Talk-back sessions are offered for every show on the third Sunday of the run. All talk-back events take place after the show and are open to the public.

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