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Sun comes out for Annie at RCMT

Steve Maddock and his daughter, Aubrey, are both appearing in Royal City Musical Theatre
Steve Maddock and his daughter, Aubrey, are both appearing in Royal City Musical Theatre's production of Annie.
— image credit: DAVID COOPER/RCMT

The sun will be coming out April 10 for Royal City Musical Theatre’s production of Annie at the Massey Theatre.

The beloved Broadway musical is also a celebration of the theatre group’s 25th anniversary. Since it was founded in 1989, RCMT has performed for more than 250,000 people.

This year’s production of Annie features 45 actors, singers and dancers on stage, accompanied by 20 musicians in the orchestra pit. Backstage, more than 50 volunteers build the sets, sew the costumes and raise the curtain.

Two of the this year’s cast members are even related, as Burnaby’s Steve Maddock will play Daddy Warbucks while his daughter, Aubrey, is Kate, one of the orphans. Julia MacLean plays Annie and Caitlin Clugston is Miss Hannigan. And of course, there’s a dog.

The show is directed by Valerie Easton and James Bryson is the musical director. It is being dedicated to Ed Harrington, RCMT’s first artistic director, who passed away last year.

While most of the people involved with RCMT’s productions over the years are amateurs, a unique mentoring program has enabled some of them to go on to theatre careers at the Charlottetown Festival, the Shaw Festival, the Stratford Festival and local venues like the Arts Club.

Annie is in previews April 10 and 11 with opening night on April 12 at 8 p.m. The show runs through April 26, including matinees on weekends.

For more information, including a link to buy tickets online, go to www.royalcitymusicatheatre.com

 

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