Stage Right closes season with classic musical 'Annie'

The world’s best-loved musical, “Annie,” returns to the historic Crighton stage July 5-21 presented by Stage Right of Texas, the Crighton’s resident theatre company.

This show is directed by Brenda Storseth and Sara Preisler and is based on the popular comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie” that premiered in the 1920s in the New York Daily News.

Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms our hearts as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City. She is determined to find her parents who left her at the orphanage years ago. Although things don’t work out as planned, she manages to thwart the evil plans of Miss Hannigan and find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and her lovable pooch, Sandy.

Award-winning director Brenda Storseth and crowd record breaking director Sara Preisler have assembled an experienced and talented cast to bring this tale to life on the Crighton stage.

Leading the cast as Annie, the eternal and ultimate optimist, is 12-year-old Emma Dantzler, recently seen on the Crighton stage as Sophia Loren in “Glitz! The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical” and as Violet in “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Playing the villain and the incredibly unfit guardian, Miss Hannigan, is the multi-talented songbird Layne Roberts last seen as Dorothy Brock in “42nd Street” and previously as Helen Haley in “Glitz-The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical.”

The role of the billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks is played by Bob Turner last seen as George Banks in Stage Right’s award-winning musical, “Mary Poppins.”

Cast and Crew of Stage Right’s “Annie”


Emma Dantzler


Mia Brandimarte


Jillian Ezar


Daire McLeod


Camille Rickwalt


Alexa Barreda


Alayna Yerian


Bob Turner


Kathleen Baker


Layne Roberts



Lily St. Regis


Bert Healy

Chris Daniel


John Kaiser

Star To Be

Ellie Brandimarte

Orphan Ensemble:


Gabby Rickwalt


Amy Massey


Keali Krueger


Colissa Payne


Chloe Boivin


Cailin Wilkins


Aria Czarnopis


Mia Melley


Jessica Moore

Adult Ensemble

Katie Kowalik

Owen McWhirter

Jace McWhirter

Melissa Cummins

Sean Sears

Velvet McWhirter

Monique Lott

Monae Lott

Robin Rickwalt

Isabelle Muniz

Sam Siemonsma

Carley Cremin

Sheila Cannon

Dennis O'Connor

Portraying secretary to Oliver Warbucks, Grace Farrell, is Kathleen Baker last seen on the Crighton stage as Cinderella in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

The conniving antagonist and hilarious “Rooster” is played by audience favorite, Adam Isbell, who won a Montie award last season for Best Actor in a musical as Frederick Frankenstein in the award-winning “Young Frankenstein.” He was recently seen as Andy Lee in “42nd Street” and Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka.” He is also on the creative team for this show as assistant director.

Sara Preisler is not only a co-director, choreographer and music director for this show, but also plays Lily St. Regis, Rooster’s ditzy girlfriend. She is also an audience favorite and was last seen in “42nd Street” as the aspiring 1930s chorus girl Peggy Sawyer.

As with every Stage Right show, a need in the community is highlighted and then a spotlight is thrown on an organization helping with that need. Spotlight Non-Profit partners set up a table in the lobby during the run of a production and distribute information, collect donations, solicit volunteers, etc. The Heartworm Foundation will be the Spotlight Non-Profit partner for Annie.

The mission of The Heartworm Foundation is to remove heartworms as a barrier to adoption for dogs from Montgomery County animal shelters by working with adopters and other nonprofit rescues to supply treatment. Patrons of Annie are encouraged to visit their information table in the lobby. If unable to attend the show but would still like to help this worthy cause, we hope you will consider contacting them directly via email: . Physical mail or donations sent to: P.O. Box 130231 Spring, TX 77393

Annie runs July 5-21 Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The historic Crighton Theatre is located at 234 N. Main Street in downtown Conroe, Texas. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for youth under 16 yr. Group discounts are available by calling the box office. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Crighton box office 936-441-7469 or online at