The Rapp: ‘Annie’ arrives for Christmas; Sing-Along on Nov. 20

Join Annie and a cast of adorable ‘orphans’ on Gay Street

In rehearsal (from left), Rooster Hannigan (Jasper Gros) and Lili St. Regis (Lakota Coon) pretend to be Annie’s (Olivia Devening) parents while Daddy Warbucks (Howard Coon) stands by.Patty Hardee
In rehearsal (from left), Rooster Hannigan (Jasper Gros) and Lili St. Regis (Lakota Coon) pretend to be Annie’s (Olivia Devening) parents while Daddy Warbucks (Howard Coon) stands by.

For the holidays this year, the RAAC Community Theatre brings you adorable “orphans” singing great songs that will stick in your mind for weeks. Yes, “Annie” is coming to Gay Street in Little Washington on December 4, 5, 11, 12 and 13.

The Broadway musical, based on the popular comic strip Little Orphan Annie, is one of the world’s best-loved stage productions. The Tony Award-winning play ran on Broadway for six years and has spawned touring productions around the world.

Stephanie Mastri, familiar to audiences for her acting work here and in Fauquier, directs the cast of more than 40 kids and adults in “Annie Jr.,” a shortened version of the play. Olivia Devening stars as Annie, with Howard Coon as Daddy Warbucks and Erin Platt as Miss Hannigan.

Annie Williams choreographed the dancing. The musical team is led by Geoff Gowen. And Cynthia Stamps’s stage set draws inspiration from the comic strip and provides a lively backdrop to the story of little Annie, her orphan friends and the billionaire who adopts her.  

Five performances are planned, but tickets will go fast.

“Annie” goes on at RAAC Community Theatre (310 Gay St., Washington) at 8 p.m. consecutive Fridays (Dec. 4 and 11), 3 p.m. consecutive Saturdays (Dec. 5 and 12) and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Tickets are $15. Make reservations at, or call 800-695-6075.

Patty Hardee

Come along to the Sing-Along

A scene from last year's Trinity Sing-Along; the sixth annual event is Nov. 20.Courtesy photo
A scene from last year’s Trinity Sing-Along; the sixth annual event is Nov. 20.

You can sing your heart out at Trinity Episcopal Church’s sixth annual Sing-Along, a benefit for the Rappahannock Food Pantry, 7 p.m. next Friday (Nov. 20) in the Trinity parish hall at 379 Gay St., Washington. As usual, Hal Hunter will be at the piano, and all are welcome, regardless of age or singing ability. The emphasis is on the Food Pantry, for which free-will donations will be taken. Bring the kids and bring friends. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, contact Kay M. Wilson at 540-987-9229 or

Sustainability on the agenda

The Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge (UUBRidge) present a seminar on sustainability at noon Nov. 15 at Hearthstone School. The seminar features a half-hour lecture film by Prof. Lonnie Gamble on “Green Economics: Living Well” followed by a discussion of the film and of the 10 points that William McDonough and Martin Braungart think are important to remember from their book, “The Upcycle.”   

Gamble has created an ecovillage and school in Fairfield, Iowa, where he teaches sustainable living.  McDonough is the architect who built Millennium Park covering the railroad yards on Chicago’s lakefront, and erected garden rooftops in Chinese villages, and Braungart is a chemist and cofounder of the German Green Party. (Together, the two have written “Cradle to Cradle” and “The Upcycle,” two books that promote designing for abundance beyond sustainability. Their message is don’t just do less of the bad, design to do more for the good.

Printed material is brief, available and can be read during discussion. All are welcome. For more information, call UUBRidge at 540-227-3037.

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