As part of ‘Broadway’ series, Ja’Duke set to perform ‘Annie’

  • “Annie” is playing at Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts this week and next. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Sugarloaf Studios

Staff Writer
Published: 11/14/2019 6:30:49 PM
Modified: 11/14/2019 6:30:38 PM

TURNERS FALLS — “Annie,” a classic musical about an orphan who escapes her New York City orphanage and is adopted by a billionaire, is playing at the Ja’Duke Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday this week and next.

This is the second show in Ja’Duke’s “Broadway” series, which typically features large casts and elaborate sets and costumes, according to Kimberly Williams, director and owner of Ja’Duke.

“Annie” has a cast of more than 70 actors, and the children’s parts are cast age-appropriately. All parts in “Annie” are played by local actors, Williams said, including students in Ja’Duke children’s programs, who are playing the orphans.

“It’s going to be unbelievably good,” Williams said.

This will also be only the second major show since Ja’Duke reopened in September, after renovations that had begun in 2017. The biggest improvement is a new stage which, at 50 feet by 100 feet, is now the largest stage in Franklin County, the theater’s owners say.

The “Broadway” series started in September with “The Sound of Music,” the first large-scale production since Ja’Duke reopened. Upcoming productions are “To Kill a Mockingbird” in January, “Savage” in April, “Chicago” in July and “Newsies” in August.

Showtimes for “Annie” are Nov. 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 6 p.m. Advance tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for children ages 12 and under and for seniors. Tickets at the door cost $15 for adults, and $12 for children and seniors.

Tickets can be purchased online at jaduketheater.com, or at the box office, which is open 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and an hour before showtimes.

Reach Max Marcus at mmarcus@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 261.




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