This is opening weekend for Annie, the musical, at Steel River Playhouse!

This comes to us via Steel River Playhouse at 245 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown…

Annie, a uniquely American story about survival, pluck, second chances, generosity and triumph, opened at Steel River Playhouse this past Thursday.   This Broadway sensation, ripped from the pages of a comic strip, won three Tony Awards.

Annie is a spunky orphan with infectious, unbeatable optimism and moxie. She’s determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel and bitter Miss Hannigan.  She does escape, but is caught and returned, only to be selected as the needy child who’d stay at billionaire Daddy Warbucks’ mansion during the holidays.  Shenanigans ensue, relationships grow, and even President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Secret Service join the fray!

Planning Information
Annie will be performed on our Main Stage

  • Thursdays (Dec. 6, 13, 20 at 7:30PM),
  • Fridays (Dec.  7, 14, 21 at 8PM),
  • Saturday (Dec. 22, at 3PM)
  • Saturdays (Dec. 8, 22 at 8PM)*
  • Sundays (Dec. 9, 16, 23 at 3PM)

*There will be no performance Saturday, Dec. 15.  An added matinee performance will be held Dec. 22 at 3PM.  Tickets for the 12/22 matinee may not be currently available due to a large group order, but please  check back after Dec. 6 if this is your only available date .

Single Ticket Prices      

Adult  –             $26  ($23 on Thurs.)
Senior (65+)  –   23  ($20  on Thurs.)
Student/Child – 17   ($15 on Thurs)

  • Groups of 10 or more – $3 off per ticket
  • Buy online or at box office – same price

Special Event: Sunday, December 9 – Talkback with the director and cast.  An opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

About Annie
Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie
Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, http://www.MTIShows.com

And, presented with the support of the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts

The Music of Annie

The beautiful voices of our Annie cast will be complemented by our accomplished pit orchestra.  At Steel River Playhouse, high-quality, live music is an important part of the musical experience.

Director – Ken Kaissar

This Steel River Playhouse production is being directed by Ken Kaissar.  His directing work has been seen in New York at The Culture Project, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The American Globe Theatre, Theatre Row, and The Epiphany Theatre Company where he directed a production of the Ibsen classic, A Doll’s House.  In March 2010, Ken directed Noises Off at Steel River Playhouse.

An accomplished playwright, Ken was commissioned by Columbia University to adapt The Canterbury Tales to the stage.  His ten-minute play Ceasefire (written in response to Israel’s war with Hezbollah in 2006) was an official selection in the 2012 New Works Festival at the Fusion Theatre Company; it also was a winner of the West Boca New Play Competition and a regional winner in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

An acting coach, working with up and coming talent in New York and Pennsylvania, Ken also teaches at Steel River Playhouse.

About Steel River Playhouse

Formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), Steel River Playhouse, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences.  Each year, the Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from throughout the region. We offer performance opportunities through open auditions; theater technical training; acting, voice, and instrumental lessons; classes and workshops for all ages; summer camp programs; and educational outreach including scholarships, artists in the classroom, traveling children’s shows, and other initiatives. For further information, visit www.steelriver.org, or call 610-970-1199.

Hometown Holiday activities begin this weekend in downtown Pottstown

Local arts and historic organizations and businesses, along with the Pottstown Downtown Improvement Distric Authority, otherwise known as PDIDA (puh-dee-da), iarebringing a host of Hometown Holiday events to downtown Pottstown on the weekends leading up to Christmas.

Events kick off this Saturday, Dec. 1st when Santa and his elves arrive at 5 p.m., making a healthy, heart-warming entrance at High and Evans Street, before heading down High Street to Smith Plaza for the lighting of the Christmas tree there. Smith Plaza itself will be all lit up, too!

At the Plaza, visitors can enjoy holiday music, free trolley rides from 4:40 to 8 p.m., and horse-drawn wagon rides from 5 to 7 p.m., for just $10.

Santa’s Village will be open with Santa himself, kids’ crafts, reindeer food making, and a coloring contest at Tango Marketing, 139 E. High Street, just across the street from  Smith Plaza.

In the 300 block of High Street, the Empire Hook & Ladder Fire Company will provide roasted chestnuts and other treats. Additional events, including children’s story hours, open houses and activities for children, will be held Fridays, Dec. 7, 14 and 21 and on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15.

Throughout the holiday season, beginning next Thursday, Dec. 6th,  Steel River Playhouse’s “Annie” will be performed and run through Dec. 22. You can also stop in at ArtFusion 19464 at 254 E. High Street for their winter show, “The Secret Life of Trees”, and to pick up unique gifts.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Candlelight Tour of Pottsgrove Manor runs from 2 to 8 p.m., while the Pottstown Holiday Historic House Tour will be from 1 to 6 p.m. A $12 ticket includes a Victorian Tea presented by the Doe Club at the Pottstown Elks from 12noon-2pm.  All homes and buildings on the tour are open from 1pm-6pm.  Free trolley transportation and refreshments for all ticket holders. Tickets are available after Thanksgiving at Carter’s Locksmith Shop, 137 N Hanover Street. $12 in advance, $14 day of tour. For more information contact Sue Krause at (610) 323-2229.

All of these events are sponsored by the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority, Historic Pottstown Neighborhood Association, Pottgrove Manor, Steel River Playhouse, ArtFusion 19464, and individual businesses. BUY LOCAL, PLAY LOCAL, AND CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS LOCAL!

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