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Langley musical director, actors present Broadway classic, Annie

Langley’s Jackie Block performs in RCMT’s production of Annie, April 10-26 at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster. - submitted photo
Langley’s Jackie Block performs in RCMT’s production of Annie, April 10-26 at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster.
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What better way for a theatre to celebrate a landmark anniversary than with a big, bold musical worthy of Broadway?

Royal City Musical Theatre celebrates its 25th anniversary with a production of the hit musical Annie at the Massey Theatre this month.

The tale of a spunky redheaded orphan who goes looking for her parents — whom she believes are still alive — and instead finds big adventures in New York City, begins with  previews on April 10 and 11, and opens on Saturday, April 12.

In true RCMT tradition, Annie will be a “big Broadway show” — meaning it will have a full  orchestra in the pit, dynamic costumes and sets, great choreography, and a big talented cast who bring the show to life under the expert direction of Valerie Easton and the musical direction of Langley’s James Bryson.

From its famous opening number “It’s a Hard Knock Life” to “NYC” and the slick and sassy “Easy Street,” along with the all time favourite “Tomorrow,” Annie is a timeless story, with plenty of great roles — including the nasty but lovable Miss Hannigan played by Caitlin Clugston. Also featured is Steve Maddock as Daddy Warbucks and Julia MacLean as Annie — plus lots of orphans and dogs.

Also among the cast are two Langley actresses, Jackie Block and Kaitie Allinger.

They each play members of the Boylan Sisters — singers on a NYC radio show, who hope to become famous someday.

In Brief

• Annie at the Massey Theatre, 735 8 Ave. New Westminster.

Date: April 10 to 26,
Preview: April 10 and 11. Opening: Saturday, April 12

Show time: 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29 to $45

Box Office: masseytheatre.com or call 604-521-5050

For more information: www.royalcitymusicaltheatre.com

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