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'Annie' to close season at Highland Summer Theatre

Highland Summer Theatre concludes with musical “Annie.”

Minnesota State Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release [6-23-11]

The Department of Theatre & Dance will conclude its 45th annual Highland Summer Theatre season with the ever-popular musical “Annie.”

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. July 7-9 & 13-16 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. It is sponsored by Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Eide Bailly and Farrish Johnson Law Office.

Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Minnesota State Mankato presented “Annie” in 1984 and in the summer of 1993.

“Annie” is directed by Department Chair Paul J. Hustoles, with musical direction by Nick Wayne. Scene design is by Allen Wright Shannon, a 2009 MFA Scene Design graduate from Minnesota State Mankato who is currently an assistant professor of theatre and resident scenic designer at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y.

The title role is played by Mankatoan Riley Means, who is joined on stage by 10 other community girls, two community boys and one community dog.

Miss Hannigan is played by 2011 BFA Musical Theatre graduate Megan Volkman-Wilson; Daddy Warbucks is played by Mathias Becker, 2010 BFA Musical Theatre graduate; and Miss Hannigan’s brother, Rooster, is played by spring BFA Musical Theatre graduate J. Alexander Coe, who has appeared in all four summer productions. Choreography is by Kim Steffen, senior BFA Musical Theatre candidate.

Tickets are $20 regular, $18 discounted (senior citizens, youth and groups of 15 of more) and $14 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at  or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday, 507-389-6661.

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