'Annie' lights up Musicals at Richter stage in Danbury

Photo of Linda Tuccio-Koonz

Musicals at Richter, which is celebrating its 34th season as the longest-running outdoor theater in Connecticut, will present “Annie,” a perennial family favorite, Saturday, July 28, through Saturday, Aug. 11.

Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse’s ebullient musical, “Annie,” was a Broadway hit in 1977. Based on the popular comic strip heroine, it won seven Tony Awards and includes such tunes as “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street” and “I Don’t Need Anything But You.”

The musical tells the story of a spunky young orphan, “Annie,” who is searching for her parents in 1933 during the Great Depression. Her journey takes her from a dreary New York City orphanage to an opulent, loving new home, where she meets billionaire Oliver Warbucks and his staff.

She has some unusual adventures along the way. According to Musicals at Richter (MAR), “she foils an evil plot hatched by embattled orphanage director Miss Hannigan, helps President Franklin Roosevelt put the finishing touches on the New Deal, and leaves everyone she meets ‘fully dressed’ with a smile and an optimistic outlook.”

Directed and choreographed by founding MAR Artistic Director Bradford Blake, the show features Samantha Treppeda, of Poughquag, N.Y., in the title role. Walter Cramer, of Danbury, plays wealthy industrialist Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.

The musical will be performed under the stars on the grounds of Richter Arts Center. Audience members are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for lawn seating. A limited number of chairs are available free of charge at the concession area. Snacks and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Road, Danbury. Saturday, July 28-Saturday, Aug. 11. $25-$10. 203-748-6873, www.musicalsatrichter.org