East Providence’s Olivia Dufresne stars as Annie


The Community Players open their 97th season with the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie! Based on the timeless comic strip, "Little Orphan Annie", this delightful musical celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. With songs like Tomorrow, It's a Hard Knock Life, Maybe and NYC you'll be sure to leave the theatre with a song in your heart. The production stars East Providence's Olivia Dufresne, daughter of Nicole and Bruce Dufresne. A student at St. Mary's Bay View Academy, she brings the perfect spirit of spunk and determination to the role. East Providence's Ron Procopio provides the musical direction of the show.

WHERE: Jenks Auditorium, 350 Division St., Pawtucket
WHEN: Nov. 10-19; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Nov. 18
COST: $23 for adults and $18 for students
MORE INFO: thecommunityplayers.net; 401/726-6860

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