Surflight Opening 2021 Mainstage Season With ‘Annie’

Far more THAN ‘MAYBE’: Two Manahawkin residents, Annie Shea Caravella (left) and Eliana June Gamble, will share the title function. Inventive Director Steve Steiner will engage in Daddy Warbucks. (Shots offered by Surflight Theater)
Surflight Theatre is opening its 2021 mainstage period on July 3 with a loved ones beloved, “Annie.”
“Annie,” with new music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and a e-book by Thomas Meehan that relied on not only the extended-operating Harold Grey comic strip, but also an 1885 poem, “Little Orphant Annie” – that’s correct, “Orphant” – and the energy to change “Annie” into a Dickens-like clearly show alongside the strains of “Oliver” opened on Broadway way back on April 21, 1977. It ran for for 2,377 performances when garnering 11 Tony Award nominations and winning 7, like Ideal Musical.
So “Annie” is no new child on the block. Nonetheless it hardly ever looks to age, with The New York Situations estimating it is carried out 700 to 900 instances just about every year throughout the United States.
And why not? It tells the story of a gritty very little orphan who finishes up remaining taken in by the billionaire Daddy Warbucks in a spirited fashion, most effective exemplified by the show’s hit track “Tomorrow.” Tears can be lose whilst looking at “Annie,” but you stop up leaving a general performance experience mighty uplifted.
The Surflight manufacturing will star two Manahawkin people, Eliana June Gamble and Annie (no joke, that is her authentic identify she must have been born for the role) Shea Caravella. A different Manahawkin resident, Soleil, will play the section of Sandy. No strain on the Lab, who usually plays for bigger stakes, considering Soleil is a qualified search and rescue pet.
The forged will be partly filled out with a range of Surflight veterans.
Alison Nusbaum, finest recognized as a New York Town cabaret singer extraordinaire, will tackle the role of Mrs. Hannigan. Nusbaum was last seen at Surflight in 2019’s “The Boynton Beach.”
Johnathan Van Dyke, who will perform Rooster, was noticed in previous year’s “Mamma Mia” and “Cabaret.”
Sophia Swannell will enjoy Grace, Warbucks’ private assistant/secretary. She, like Van Dyke, termed Surflight property in the summer time of 2020, showing up in “Mamma Mia” and “Cabaret.” She also appeared in Surflight’s holiday getaway show, “We Need to have a Little Xmas,” previous December.
Then there’s Steve Steiner, Surflight’s inventive director, despite the fact that you may possibly not acknowledge him all through the manufacturing of “Annie” compared to his standard espresso-mug-clutching physical appearance right before most Surflight productions. He’s currently shaved his head to play Warbucks, and it has been documented that he “had to have time to get some sun on it (his head) to make it match the neck and encounter.”
The new ensemble resident solid for 2021 will also be on exhibit, which include Bridget Bailey, Lexi Baldachino, Alyssa Barton, Willie Beaton II, Rhagan Carter, Ashlyn Fenn, Matt Guernier, Yoni Haller, Erika Harper, Kelsey Kauffman, Kayelin Leon, Jack Lynch, Noah Lyon, Ryan Mulvaney, Dorian Quinn, Ryan Vogt and David Cochise Williams. A distinctive children’s ensemble – “Annie” requires orphans, immediately after all – features Amelia Carnahan, Lucy Cetera, Claire Gullinane, Shira Edwards, Mila Ellis, Adriella Goncalves, Luli Mitchell and Ella Rose Reichbach.
“Annie” will be done in a huge leading tent in Seashore Haven’s Veterans Memorial Park on July 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m. and on July 8, 11, 13, and 18 at 2 p.m. Surflight could have moved inside, in accordance to New Jersey’s current COVID-19 directives, but administration made a decision to be careful, contemplating lots of of the “Annie” cast are way too youthful to be be vaccinated, and many of the attendees for the display are very likely to be younger as perfectly.
“Annie” will be directed and choreographed by Surflight standard – dare we say legend? – Paula Hammons Sloan. Musical direction is by Nick Guerroro, costume structure is by Madison Queen, audio structure is by Ian Wehrle, and lighting style and design is by Matt Coyle.
Tickets for “Annie” are $41 for grownups and $31 for young children 12 years of age and young. They could be obtained on the internet at, by cellphone at 609-492-9477 or at the Surflight box workplace at 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.
— Rick Mellerup

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