Benae Reuppel stars as Annie and Cinder plays Sandy in the Black Hills Community Theatre's production of Annie. The musical opens the theater's 50th season.

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Black Hills Community Theatre opens its 50th season with the musical "Annie."

This family favorite tells the story of a plucky young orphan girl adopted by a wealthy businessman featuring a chorus line of precocious orphan waifs, a too-cute dog, and the delightfully wretched Miss Hannigan. "Annie" contains one of Broadway’s most memorable scores, including “Hard-Knock Life”, “Easy Street”, “N.Y.C.” and the ever-optimistic “Tomorrow.”

"Annie" is directed by Kory Yamada. Her previous directing credits for BHCT include "The Producers," "The Taffetas," and "The Sound of Music."

The cast of 30 community members includes Benae Reuppel as Annie, Kristol McKie as Miss Hannigan, new BHCT Artistic Director Zach Curtis as Oliver Warbucks, Holly Perli as Grace Farrell, Jason Knox as Rooster Hannigan, Jill Haugo as Lily St. Regis, Todd Brink as FDR, and the canine Cinder as Sandy. Annie’s friends from the orphanage are played by Kaelyn Yamada, Caroline Haugo, Dierdre Martin, Manduhai Parkin, Sydney Meissner, Abby Stevens, Tori Peterson, Tiffany Johnson, Jocelyn Bullock, and Audrey Perli. 

Annie opens Friday, Sept. 22, with a special reception celebrating the start of BHCT’s  50th season. The reception is open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. with appetizers and drinks in the commons area of the Performing Arts Center.

"Annie," with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin, won seven Tony Awards in 1977 including best musical, best book of a musical, best score and best performance by a leading actress in a musical (for original Miss Hannigan, Dorothy Loudon). The musical has been revived twice on Broadway and has spawned three film adaptations and two -- not as successful -- sequels.

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Black Hills Community Theatre annually produces five main stage shows, two youth productions performed by the Cherry Street Players, an annual dinner theater fundraiser, plus workshops, special events and summer theater camps. BHCT’s home is in the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City.

In addition to Annie, this season's main stage shows include "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde," "Rabbit Hole," "Gypsy" and "Harvey."

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