Sentinel Progress

Opening weekend for Raggedy Ann and Andy

EASLEY — Raggedy Ann, America’s most endearing and enduring folk doll, comes to life in a production that captures the imagination this weekend at the Foothills Playhouse in downtown Easley.

This free-wheeling romp combines simple inventive staging with an action-packed plot and lively audience participation. Through it all shines the gentle, loving spirit of Raggedy Ann.

The story unfolds in a special playroom where wonderful, magical events transpire …

A newcomer has arrived in the playroom, a fancy French doll named Babette. But that very evening, a certain prince Leonard-the-Looney-Hearted comes riding by on his hobby horse and whisks her away to Looney-land. Raggedy Ann knows what she must do! She and Andy climb out the window into the “deep, deep woods” to fetch Babette back home.

Patricia Thackray co-authored the animated feature-length film.

“The cast includes 20 of the area’s very talented young thespians and is directed by the also very talented Donna Rampey Duffie,” said Kathy Hydrick Patterson, boardmember for Foothills Playhouse. “This production is sure to delight audience members of all ages.”

Showtimes for are at 8 p.m. on April 13-14, with a matinee on April 15 at 3 p.m. and a special school performance on April 19 at 9 a.m.

The production runs next week as well with curtain times as 8 p.m. on April 20-21 and a matinee at 3 p.m. on April 22.

Tickets for Raggedy Ann and Andy are available at the door, online at www.fhplayhouse.com.com or by calling 864-855-1817.

The play marks the second to last performance for Foothills’ 2017-2018 season. Arsenic and Old Lace concludes the set with performances scheduled to take the stage June 8-17.

Tickets for Raggedy Ann and Andy are available at the door, online at www.fhplayhouse.com.com or by calling 864-855-1817.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_FHP-Raggety-april-2018-snip.jpgTickets for Raggedy Ann and Andy are available at the door, online at www.fhplayhouse.com.com or by calling 864-855-1817. Courtesy photo

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

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