Alison Walters Short of Sudbury will portray a housemaid in Open Door Theater’s production of “Annie” running January 11th- 20th at the Dragonfly Theater, RJ Grey Junior High School, 16 Charter Road, Acton, MA. Other Sudbury residents appearing in this beloved musical include Todd Short who will portray a member of FDR’s cabinet “Harold Ickes”, Amanda Casale as the fictional “Lily St. Regis”, and Amy Robinson will appear in the ensemble. A cast and crew of over 100 people from Acton and surrounding towns have all come together as part of this theater community over the past few months to rehearse and prepare for opening night. Open Door Theater of Acton is a non-profit community theater company that has been creating learning experiences through theater for adults, children, and people with special needs since it was founded in 1980. Please see www.opendoortheater.org for more information and to order tickets.
As guided by Open Door's philosophy statement, the cast of “Annie” includes people of all ages ranging from 9 to adult, spanning all ranges of abilities. Over the company’s 32-year history Open Door has also provided opportunities for underserved audiences to enjoy live theater. In addition to scheduling an ASL-interpreted performance on January 13, Open Door is also planning its first ever autism-friendly performance for January 19th at 12:00 pm. Working with the Autism Alliance of MetroWest, Open Door is putting various accommodations in place throughout the theater to welcome people with autism-spectrum disorders and their families or caregivers. A special page on Open Door’s website has been set up for families to learn more: http://www.opendoortheater.org/autismfriendly/
Annie is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, 421 West 54th, New York, New York, 10019. Tel: (212) 541-4684/Fax: (212) 397-4684 www.mtishows.com.
Performance Dates and Tickets: General audience performances of "Annie" will take place January 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7:00 pm with matinee performances on January 13th (*ASL-interpreted) and 20th at 2:00 pm. Tickets for general performances of “Annie” are $12 each.
A special autism-friendly performance will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 12:00 pm; tickets for this show are being offered at a discount of $8 each and are intended for people with autism-spectrum disorders and their family and friends only. Open Door is grateful to the Astra Foundation for its support of this program.
Tickets are available at http://www.opendoortheater.org/current/tickets.php.