Hinsdale’s BAMtheatre featuring young talent in ‘Annie The Musical’

With a cast and crew of more than 75, BAMtheatre brings “Annie The Musical” to the stage for four performances at Nazareth Academy in La Grange Aug. 1-3.

BAMtheatre’s show is produced by Melanie Lamoureux, directed by Daniel Cassin, with music direction by Peter Bromann and choreography by Laura Savage.

Inspired by the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” which first ran in the New York News in 1924, “Annie” became a Broadway play in 1977, running over 2,000 performances before closing in 1983. The show won seven Tony Awards and has been restaged and nominated for Best Musical Revival in 1997 and 2013.

This musical follows the rags-to-riches story of plucky young orphan Annie, with her faithful dog Sandy, who journeys from a hard-knock New York orphanage to the luxurious home of billionaire businessman Oliver Warbucks. The score includes songs that are have become pop favorites, like “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow.”

The two casts for the show allows more children a chance to show their acting chops and to learn some of the basics of performance.

Melanie Lamoureux, BAMtheatre founding artistic director who also teaches honors choir and drama curricula at Fenwick High School, said that bringing kids and theater together always inspires — and it’s a great time.

“Having a large cast of talented students who are eager to learn about theatre and be on stage is what makes BAM so much fun,” she said.

Having a top notch support staff ensure that everything works.

“For each production,” Lamoureux said, “we hire a fantastic team or directors, choreographers, and interns to lead the efforts. Heading the team for ‘Annie’ we have Daniel Cassin, a former BAM student of 9 years and current theatre major at New York University. By his side is choreographer Laura Savage, a recognized performer in Chicago regional theater, as well as our high school interns — Emma Webster, Daniel Balsamo, Jon Hellman, and Christina Zaeske.”

It also helps that everyone loves “Annie,” the play. It’s an ideal show for kids, said Lamoureux.

“Having strength, confidence, and hope for a better tomorrow are timeless themes that will forever be present in our world,” she said. “Besides that, the music and story of ‘Annie’ is so fun to be a part of! Everyone wants that courageous and spunky little orphan girl to triumph.”

‘Annie the Musical’

BAMtheatre, Nazareth Academy, 1209 W. Ogden Avenue, La Grange

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3

$15-$18

Tickets and information at bamtheatre.com

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