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Island Theater Company Opens Season with ‘Annie Jr.’

The Box Office is open and tickets are currently on sale for the Island Theater Company’s 2017-2018 season.

Community is what our theater company is all about, banding together to create a moment for those who join us. Our community came together in the aftermath of the hurricane, and our first production of the season will showcase how our cast and crew are Marco Strong.

The cast and crew invites you to the production of “Annie Jr.” this month. Harold Gray’s timeless story of “Little Orphan Annie” was turned into a musical comedy by lyricist-director Martin Charnin, in collaboration with Charles Strouse and librettist Thomas Meehan. The show, which places Annie, Daddy Warbucks and Annie’s mutt, Sandy, in New York City in the midst of the Depression, opened on Broadway on April 21, 1977.

As an infant, Annie had been abandoned on the front steps of The New York City Municipal Orphanage with a note from her parents promising to return for her someday. Life in the orphanage had been rough under the strict hand of Miss Hannigan, but Annie’s life was about to change. Billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites Annie to spend Christmas with him in his mansion, and together, they each discover new happiness. Warbucks soon decides he wants to adopt Annie, but when he learns about her dream of finding her parents and the secret of the half-locket she has treasured for so long, he sets his own feelings aside and orders an exhaustive search for Annie’s parents.

The “Annie Jr.” cast includes an outstanding group of children and adults:

  • Eden Krumholz and Ashley Francis – Annie
  • Kate Anderson – Molly
  • Ashley Francis and Eden Krumholz – Pepper
  • Serena Deserrano – Duffy
  • Amelia Skender – Kate
  • Lola Green and Camryn Mallernee – Tessie
  • Karly Hassell – July
  • Abby Yetter – Miss Hannigan
  • Carl Back – Oliver Warbucks
  • Kate Alves – Grace Farrell
  • Jared Wagner – Rooster Hannigan
  • Diana Back – Lily St Regis
  • Jesus Calo – Drake
  • Miriam Calo – Mrs. Pugh
  • Tyler Mastrangelo – Lt. Ward, Bert Healy, Servant
  • Morgan Broxson and Clare Hassell – Star-to-be
  • Ava Richardson – Sandy
  • Franco Alves – Bundles, Louis Howe, Sound Effects Man
  • Judy Daye – President Roosevelt

Rounding out the cast, the ensemble includes: Allessandra Alber, McKenna Broxson, Quyen Duong, Emma Mastrangelo, Emilee Morris, Jaidyn Sweazy, Leah Tschida, Mia Winnik, Celina Alber, Alexis Borduas, Annabelle Frazer, Nicole Paul, Elle Richarson, Elisa Smith, Kacie Swanson, and Kira Swanson.

“Annie Jr.,” sponsored by APM Custom Homes, is the perfect show for the whole family and you are guaranteed to fall in love with each of the characters. Those who have attended past musical shows know that not only will they enjoy a good story, but they will be surprised and delighted by the remarkable talent and amazing costumes.

Show dates for “Annie Jr.” are October 13 & 14 at 7:30 PM and October 14 & 15 at 2:30 PM at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle, Monday through Friday. They can also be purchased online at, by calling the ticket office at 239-394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.

Don’t forget about the rest of our wonderful season, which continues in February, as the Island Theater Company will present it’s second annual “Singin’ Broadway,” a special concert event featuring Southwest Florida’s most talented singers performing songs from your favorite Broadway musicals.

“Singin’ Broadway,” sponsored by Clausen Properties, Inc., will be performed at the Marco Lutheran Church on February 23 & 24 at 7:30 PM and on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 PM. Tickets ($25) can be purchased at or by calling 239-394-0080.

Rounding out the season is the crazy comedy written by Katherine Disavino, “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” sponsored by Centennial Bank.

In “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” Bridget and her grandmother are about to become roommates. However, what Bridget saw as a unique opportunity to stay with her favorite Nana in New York for the summer quickly turns into an experience she’ll never forget. It seems her sweet grandma is running an illegal boutique from her apartment, selling hand-made naughty knickers to every senior citizen in the five borough area!

Show dates for “Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” are March 23, 24, 25, and April 6, 7, 8, 12, 13 and 14, 2018. Evening performances at 7:30 PM, with Sunday matinee performance at 2:30 PM, at the Rose History Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood, Marco Island. Additional information, tickets ($25) and cast info can be found at

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