‘Annie’ comes to Rio stage


Olivia Neal, left, as Annie, and Greg Shrader as
Daddy Warbucks.

Nearly 500 patrons enjoyed the beloved musical “Annie” as presented by The French Art Colony’s Riverby Theater Guild on June 8 and 15 in the Berry Fine & Performing Arts Center.

Based on the popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” “Annie” has enjoyed success on Broadway as a story of hope told with humor, heart and memorable music.

The Riverby Theater Guild’s production was cast with more than 20 local actors, including Olivia Neal as Annie, Greg Shrader as Daddy Warbucks, Julie Reed as Grace Ferrel, and Nattalie Phillips as Miss Hannigan. It was directed by Lori Sanders and Beth Fowble.

The original production opened on Broadway in April of 1977, and ran for more than 2,300 performances, winning 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.  The current Broadway production of the show is nominated for the 2013 Tony for Best Musical Revival.

The Riverby Theater Guild’s 2013 schedule also includes a return to Rio Grande for the musical “Les Miserables on August 16 through 18. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact The French Art Colony at 740-446-3834 or FrenchArtColony.org.