Spectacular version of “Annie” comes to Boston!

Jordan Hoover, Watertown Splash staff

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The Tony Award-winning musical Annie is being performed at the Wang Theatre in Boston. With a splendid performance by all of the performers, this heartwarming musical was entertaining and grand.

The director of this awesome show was Martin Charnin and Annie, who was spectacular onstage, was Angelina Carballo.

For those who want to come, the show in Boston from May 9 through May 21. An interesting fact is that “Annie” is celebrating its 40th year since it debuted on Broadway.

For those who aren’t familiar with the story, it’s about an orphan named Annie who lives in a horrible orphanage run by the greedy Miss Hannigan (played by Erin Fish).

The story takes place in New York in 1933, the time of the Depression. But Annie hasn’t given up hope She’s determined to find her parents even though they only left her with a note and half a locket 11 years ago.

On May 10, local student reporters had a press conference with some of the performers of the show. The press conference was held before the show at 4:20 p.m. in a basement room at the Wang Theatre.

Amanda Wylie, who has the role of Tessie in “Annie,” talks with reporters on the red carpet outside the Boch Center/Wang Theatre before the show May 10, 2017.

The performers include Gilgamesh Taggett (who plays Oliver Warbucks), Erin Fish, Amanda Swickle ( who plays the alternate Annie and the orphan Pepper), Amanda Wylie (the orphan Tessie), and Katie Wylie ( the orphan Duffy).

The performers explained to the reporters what they did to get ready for a new city. They said they first got up really early, got packed up at a hotel, got on the bus for 4-10 hours, depending on the drive. Then they said they would go to the venue. After they would do a sound check to make sure everything was OK and later they would have a break and eat. Then they would finally perform the show and then they would go to the hotel and sleep.

Sisters Katie (left) and Amanda Wylie from the cast of “Annie” talk with reporters on the red carpet outside the Boch Center/Wang Theatre before their show May 10, 2017.

Amanda Swickle also shared some inspiring words to people who want to be actors, saying, “Always believe that you will eventually get there because it takes a lot, a lot of training, a lot of auditions, and you should always hope for the best.”

The other performers explained that it also sometimes depended on what you look like physically if you would get the part. For example, Gilgamesh Taggett said that one of the reasons that he got his part was because the first Grace was a certain height, so the director was looking for someone with a certain height to complement the other characters well.

The children actors explained that in their down time they would play cards and the online game “Animal Jam.” They explained that the hardest part of being a child actress is in fitting the school work. Some of them have online school programs they do or certain school assignments and books they have to finish from their teachers at home.

Members of the cast of “Annie” — (sitting, from left) Gilgamesh Taggett, Erin Fish, Katie Wylie, Amanda Swickle, and Amanda Wylie — talk with student reporters during a news conference in the Boch Center/Wang Theatre before their show May 10, 2017.

Later the lights dimmed and the curtains opened, the show began at 7:05 p.m. The show starts with a scene of the orphanage introducing Annie caring for another orphan as she begins singing the famous song that everybody loves “Maybe”.

When Christmas comes near, Mr. Warlock’s assistant comes to the orphanage looking for a child to spend the holiday with the rich and cold-hearted Oliver Warlock (played by Gilgamesh Taggett). As Mr. Warlock warms up to Annie and agrees to help find her parents, they put up a reward to help find them. Meanwhile, the mean Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, and his friend conjure up a plan to get the money that puts Annie in danger.

As the show progresses with the wonderful performers and humorous lines, an intermission comes around an hour after the show starts.

In this show, one of the things that stood out the most was the magnificent costumes, set, and props. Each with their own details, the set looked very realistic with the ability to transport you into the 1930s.

Overall the show was amazing and is highly recommended to see. From the realistic sets to the wonderful music, you will be missing out if you don’t go!

(For more information about “Annie,” go to the Boch Center/Wang Theatre website.)

Angelina Carballo, who has the lead role in “Annie,” talks with reporters on the red carpet outside the Boch Center/Wang Theatre before the show May 10, 2017.

–May 17, 2017–

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