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‘Annie’ affirms Baldwinsville Theatre Guild future

Stage-savvy kids assure BTG success for years to come

— Marissa Pizzuto portrayed orphanage operator Miss Hannigan while Lucas Greer played her brother, a fast-talking con man. Their big number, along with the licentious Lily St. Regis played by the versatile Katie Grabowski, is a jumpin,’ jivin’ tune in which they sing the praises of “Easy Street.”

Yes, Pizzuto, Katie G. and Greer play grifters on the make, but they play bad so well and with such enthusiasm that you can’t help but giggle.

Other notable performances are turned in by Matt Noll as Daddy Warbucks, Julianna Grabowski as an officious yet amicable Warbucks assistant, and Andrew Cuccaro as the butler.

The singing Boylan Sisters – played by Molly Macowiec, Margie Rossler, Shannon Quinn and Emily Denniston – actually steal a scene from Annie on a tune titled “Fully Dressed.”

Stage Manager Mark Rossler appears in a wheelchair as President Franklin Roosevelt, and the diminutive Campbell Loi as Molly, the littlest orphan, even trumped Annie on the cuteness meter.

Directed by Mary Tall and Barb Schmid and produced by Rebecca Croucher, Katy Rossler and Kate Hoy,“Annie” continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11 to 13, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., in Baldwinsville. Admission costs $15, or $10 for students, and $10 for seniors at the Aug. 14 matinee only. Proceeds from the show benefit the McMahon-Ryan Advocacy Site; 877-4183.

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