Broadway Method Academy Announces Casting of ANNIE
Casting is now complete for the upcoming classic family musical Annie, produced by Broadway Method Academy. A host of Broadway actors will be featured alongside the Academy's 45 students.
Directed by Connor Deane with choreography by Audra Bryant and music direction by J. Scott Handley and Jad Bernardo, performances are scheduled at Westport Country Playhouse, Friday through Sunday, February 8 - 10, and February 15 - 17.
"We are thrilled to present this classic family musical to Fairfield County audiences," said Director Connor Deane. "Our students at Broadway Method Academy have the unique opportunity to play alongside some of the brightest talent New York City has to offer. This show will be filled with heart, and we can't wait to see what audiences think of it."
The cast will be headed by Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow) as Miss Hannigan, Paul Schoeffler (Sunset Boulevard, Rock of Ages, Peter Pan) as Oliver Warbucks, Lauren Sprague (Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz) as Grace Farrell, Nicholas Rodriguez (Tarzan) as Rooster Hannigan, Julie Kavanagh (Holiday Inn, La Cage aux Folles) as Lily St. Regis, and Dan Remmes (Grumpy Old Men) as FDR. Ava Lynn Vercellone stars in the title role. Reviving her role as Sandy from the 2012 Broadway production will be Sunny, courtesy of William Berloni Theatrical Animals, Inc.
The ensemble includes Broadway Method Academy students Plum Sonnenfeld, Devin Murphy, Maddy Alecia, Betsy Ronning, Brynn Ellingson, Maura Marchetti, Skylar Giblin, Mariam Mamadashvili, Alexandra Knaggs, Tori Faunce, Lizzie Richards, Emerson Raymond, Colleen McCurley, Kaitlyn Richards, Kevin Keating, Ethan Horbury, Julia Vitale, Ryanne Forrest, Jayden Hudson, Jason Zink, Kai Marelli, Sheridan Mullins, Isabel Chistoni, Richie Cordero, Robin Title, Jackie Peterson, Kyle Geriak, Bailey Shumaker, Annika Carlson, Emily Joyce, Carly Mofenson, Kate Meza, Charley Bartlett, Elizabeth Champion, Olivia Kwok, Annika Jonker, Serena Remmes, Brenna Connolly, Emily Seanor, Genevieve Seanor, Griffin Delmhorst, Gillian Delmhorst, Claudia Cleri, and Owen Bernheim.
Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, is the seven-time Tony Award-winning family favorite that features unforgettable hits like "It's a Hard-Knock Life," "Easy Street," and the iconic Broadway standard "Tomorrow."
The creative team also features production stage manager Chris De Camillis, lighting designer Weston G. Wetzel, set designer Ryan Howell, costume designer Colleen Fitzsimons, and wig design by Kelly Yurko and the CCM Make-Up/Wig Department. J. Scott Handley, Connor Deane, and David Dreyfoos serve as Executive Producers. Annie is produced by Broadway Method Academy, the resident conservatory of Westport Country Playhouse.
Performance Schedule -
Friday, February 8: 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 9: 1:30, 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 10: 1:30, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 15: 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 16: 1:30, 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 17: 1:30 PM
Tickets starting at $45 and are on sale now.
ABOUT BROADWAY METHOD ACADEMY
Broadway Method Academy, located in Fairfield, is a non-profit organization that offers a premier musical theatre-training program and provides the essential tools for young artists in acting, singing, and dancing. BMA also connects children and teens that are passionate about the arts with some of Broadway's top talents and guest instructors. BMA's goal is to create a thriving artistic atmosphere where students can create lasting friendships and develop skills they will use forever.
The mission of Westport Country Playhouse is to enrich, enlighten, and engage the community through the power of professionally produced theater worth talking about and the welcoming experience of the Playhouse campus. The not-for-profit Playhouse provides this experience in multiple ways by offering: Live theater experiences of the highest quality, under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos; educational and community engagement events to further explore the work on stage; the New Works Circle Initiative, a program dedicated to the discovery, development, and production of new live theatrical works; programs for students and teachers with extensive curriculum support material; Script in Hand play readings to deepen relationships with audiences and artists; the renowned Woodward Internship Program during the summer months for aspiring theater professionals; Family Festivities presentations to delight young and old alike and to promote reading through live theater; youth performance training and performance opportunities through Broadway Method Academy, Westport Country Playhouse's resident conservatory; and the beautiful and historic Playhouse campus open for enjoyment and community events year-round.