‘Annie’ Stars Stagecrafters Youth Theatre’s Sophie Lavallee

Photo credit: Lance Luce

Stagecrafters presents the musical Annie, May 11 through June 3, at the Baldwin Theatre.

This beloved musical features the Little Orphan Annie of comic strip fame, as she steals the hearts of a billionaire, a president and a country in her quest to find her parents. Filled with iconic characters like the evil Miss Hannigan, the rich and unfulfilled Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, and the scheming Rooster and Lily, Annie reminds us that regardless of how bad things sometimes seem, “the sun will come out tomorrow!”

Annie is played by twelve-year-old Sophie Lavallee, who is no stranger to Stagecrafters. She has been involved with various Stagecrafters Youth Theatre productions and is sure to dazzle the audience with her incredible vocal talent.

Lavallee talks about the rehearsal process and credits the cast and production staff for creating a fun atmosphere. In addition, Lavallee has learned some valuable takeaways while playing Annie.

“This role teaches me to always have hope, even in tough times just like Annie who always thinks on the bright side, never gives up on what she wants, and is always optimistic,” she says.

One of the many elements of this production is the original music score. Annie has won numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. Audience members of all ages will enjoy singing along to the songs such as “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow.”

Tickets are $23 each on Thursdays and $26.50 each on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets may be purchased online at stagecrafters.org (online handling fees apply), or by phone at 248-541-6430. All seats are reserved and there are no refunds or exchanges on individual tickets. If shows have not sold out, tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

Baldwin Theatre is located at 415 S. Lafayette Avenue in downtown Royal Oak.