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'Annie' to hit stage next summer

August 6, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 06--"Annie, the Musical" is slated to be performed in Albert Lea next summer. It is among the productions Albert Lea Community Theatre plans to stage in its 2013-14 season.

In addition to the classic family musical about a famous orphan, the lineup features a hilarious romp at a country club, a musical comedy from an ice-fishing shack and a screwball comedy centered in an opera house. All shows take place at the Marion Ross Performing Arts Center, 147 N. Broadway.

ACT opens its 49th season with "The Fox on the Fairway" by Ken Ludwig from Oct. 10 to 19.

An ACT press release describes the show:

"This furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics takes audiences to a private country club where the rug is pulled out from its stuffy denizens. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a charming madcap adventure about love, life and man's eternal love affair with ... golf."

"Guys on Ice" by James Kaplan and John Alley runs Feb. 13 to 22.

The release states:

"This musical comedy tells the story of three ice-fishing buddies from northern Wisconsin who talk and sing about life, love and the one that got away. Join the cast in celebrating songs such as: 'De Wishing Hole,' 'Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,' 'Fish de Miracle Food' and 'De One Dat Got Away.'"

"Lend me a Tenor" is another Ludwig comedy. It is set for May 1 to 10.

The release states:

"On a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Co., world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform in 'Otello.' Through a series of mishaps, Tito receives a double dose of tranquilizers, causing the house manager to believe he is dead and setting off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. Winner of three Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards, this madcap comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter."

"Annie, the Musical" was written by Thomas Meehan and is scheduled for July 17 through 26.

Many readers know the tale: "This classic family musical tells the story of an orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire, Oliver Warbucks."

Season tickets may be purchased by logging on to www.actonbroadway.com or filling out a season ticket brochure form. The ACT box office is also open every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., where season tickets may be purchased. A season ticket is $50 for all four plays. Beginning Sept. 1, individual show tickets may be purchased online or by calling the ACT Call Center 1-877-730-3144, a toll-free, 24/7 automated service.

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