‘Annie’ coming to the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse

It’s the story about a little orphan girl with red hair.

And that story will be put on for all to see in Marshalltown this weekend.

“Annie,” the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, opens Friday night at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse and Director Janet Collison said it’s a show people of all ages will want to see.

“It’s a delightful story line and an action-packed show,” she said. “The set is incredible, it’s very entertaining and everybody likes the story line.”

“Annie” is a story, set in 1932, about a little orphan girl with red hair who escapes from the orphanage she lives in, finds a dog she names Sandy and eventually gets caught by a police officer and brought back to the orphanage.

An assistant to billionaire Oliver Warbucks, played by David Michael, comes into the orphanage and asks to take an orphan home for Christmas and chooses Annie. Annie, played by Olivia Banes, eventually wins over the business tycoon and he takes her under his wing.

“It’s the transformation of his heart which is all about money,” Collison said.

Collison said auditions for the musical were held in May and the 26 cast members and one dog have been working hard on the production ever since.

“This is a very talented, capable cast,” she said. “Some people come to the show with a lot of experience and some have no experience.”

The show features plenty of music and a live orchestra. Some of the more popular songs being performed include: “Hard Knock Life,” performed by Annie and the orphans, “Tomorrow,” performed by Annie, and “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” performed by Annie, Grace and the mansion staff.

Collison said the musical was chosen by the Marshalltown Community Theatre Board because “Annie” is a very popular musical that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with another performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. The musical will conclude next weekend with showtimes at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office within 30 minutes before curtain call each performance night. Adult tickets are $15 and student tickets are $10.

Collison said when she directed “Annie” 26 years ago at the playhouse, all but one night sold out. She said she would like to see the same this time around.

All cast and crew members are Marshalltown residents who have volunteered their time to work on the production and build the set.