Folsom Theatre Company presents “Annie”By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter
7 p.m. Nov. 15-17; 2 p.m. Nov. 17
Cordova High School Performing Arts Center
Join the Folsom Theatre Company Nov. 15-17 in the joy of “Annie,” a long-time family feel-good story.
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, “Annie” has become a world-wide phenomenon.
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
“My family grew up with ‘Annie,’” said Tracy Rodriguez, artistic and managing director. “We have been in the ‘Annie’ production for six years in a row, between my kids, my husband and me, so it’s a family tradition for us.”
When asked what she was looking forward to most with this production, Rodriguez said bringing her family tradition to the Folsom community.
“I’m excited to be able to bring it to the Folsom community because we’re kind of carrying on our tradition in our new community, and that’s so fun for me,” she said.
Rodriguez said auditions and production for this local show began in September and has been one of their quickest shows to get on stage yet. With 50 youth in the production, performers range from 5 years old to 20.
“I’m looking forward to the sets, costumes and props,” she said. “They are very fun and exciting in this production.”
Rodriguez said while they are still one of the newer theater companies in the area, their shows are high quality.
“Anyone who comes and watches ‘Annie,’ it’s a feel-good story, and the idea that our patrons will come and watch this, and leave with a smile on their face just makes me happy to be a part of it,” Rodriguez said.