POSTPONED – Peterborough Theatre Guild returns to the Showplace stage in February with ‘Annie’

Classic family-friendly musical is the Guild's first full production since the pandemic began

The Peterborough Theatre Guild brings the classic family-friendly musical "Annie" to the stage at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough from February 11 to 26, 2022. (Graphic: Tribune Content Agency, LLC)
The Peterborough Theatre Guild brings the classic family-friendly musical "Annie" to the stage at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough from February 11 to 26, 2022. (Graphic: Tribune Content Agency, LLC)

The Peterborough Theatre Guild is returning to the stage in February with the family-friendly musical Annie — its first full production since the pandemic began.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday (December 8) for the show, which runs from February 11 to 26 at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough, at tickets.showplace.org. Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $20 for students.

Originally scheduled for May 2020, the production has been rescheduled twice (once to July 2020 and then again to November 2021). All tickets previously purchased will be honoured for the February 2022 run.

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Based on the popular Little Orphan Annie comic strip by Harold Gray that debuted in 1924, the classic Broadway musical is the winner of seven Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. With book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, Annie features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow”.

Annie tells the tale of the orphan who, in 1930s New York City, is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of orphanage is run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to foil Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

The Peterborough Theatre Guild’s production of Annie is directed by Jerry Allen, who first directed the show for the Guild in 1986, with music direction by Justin Hiscox and choreography by Melissa Earle.

The original cast when the Peterborough Theatre Guild production of "Annie" was first announced in 2020. Top row (left to right): Annabel Campbell, Makayla Vaughan, Bria Cahorn, Jalen Brink and Aimee Simmons; second row: Skyleigh Hurd, Lucy Dorsett, Shay-Lyn Burd, Juliet Martin, Portia Hitchins; bottom row: Indigo Chesser, Victoria Lyons (missing: Rowan Dummit).  The Guild has not yet confirmed the cast for the February 2022 production. (Photo: Peterborough Theatre Guild / Facebook)
The original cast when the Peterborough Theatre Guild production of “Annie” was first announced in 2020. Top row (left to right): Annabel Campbell, Makayla Vaughan, Bria Cahorn, Jalen Brink and Aimee Simmons; second row: Skyleigh Hurd, Lucy Dorsett, Shay-Lyn Burd, Juliet Martin, Portia Hitchins; bottom row: Indigo Chesser, Victoria Lyons (missing: Rowan Dummit). The Guild has not yet confirmed the cast for the February 2022 production. (Photo: Peterborough Theatre Guild / Facebook)

Performances take place at 7 p.m. on February 11 and 12, 17 to 19, and 24 to 26, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on February 13, 20, and 26.

While the Peterborough Theatre Guild has not yet announced the cast for the February 2021 production, the original cast when the show was first announced in 2020 included Shay-Lyn Burd as Annie, Annabel Campbell, Makayla Vaughan, Bria Cahorn, Jalen Brink, Aimee Simmons, Skyleigh Hurd, Lucy Dorsett, Juliet Martin, Portia Hitchins, Indigo Chesser, Victoria Lyons, and Rowan Dummitt.