The Millburn Middle School spring musical, Annie, will be held on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m. A Sunday matinee will be presented at 1 p.m. on April 13. Tickets are $15 and are on sale online at mms.booktix.com. They may also be purchased in the Middle School guidance office after school from March 10 to April 10 or they are available at the door on the day of the performance.
Annie is a favorite for many, especially for those who remember the original Broadway production in the late 1970s. Written by Thomas Meehan with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin, Annie continues to thrill audiences of all ages. As the musical adaptation of the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the musical tells the story of the iconic red-head who remains eternally optimistic in the face of the hardships of the Great Depression. Some popular songs from the musical include “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”
Director Mr. Bob DuSold returns to Millburn Middle School for his second production, and he brings with him all of his experience as a Broadway actor. A Maplewood resident, he has performed on Broadway in productions of Les Miserable and Showboat, as well as national tours of Mamma Mia!, Chicago, and Evita. Choreography forAnnie is under the direction of English teacher Mr. Mark Oppel. Music teacher, Mr. David Huneryager, who also has years of experience as an actor in musicals on and off Broadway, serves as the musical director. The MMS musical is co-produced by Ms. Susan Cicenia and Mr. Dominick Pisa, and its set decoration has been designed by Mrs. Claudia Sohr. The set design and construction for this production has been completed by Mr. Rick Cimino.
This is the first year the Middle School is using an online site for ticket sales. It has allowed more convenient access to tickets for students, parents, and interested community members. Patrons are able to view the auditorium seating chart, identify which seats they would like, pay online, and print their tickets at home.