Chico Theater Company will launch another hit with its production of the acclaimed musical, “Annie.” Opening Nov. 29, a week delayed due to the fire disasters, the heart-warming musical runs to Dec. 22.

“Annie” opened on Broadway in April 1977 winning awards for best musical, best book and best score. This family-friendly Tony Award winner is based on Harold Gray’s popular comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” which he started in the 1920s. The idea of adopting “Annie” to the stage came from Martin Charmin who wrote the lyrics to a score by Charles Strouse.

CTC producer Marc Edson explained they will be performing the full Broadway version. CTC performed this show once before in 2008. Director and choreographer of this current show is Anna Murphy, assisted by Dara Scholz as music director.

Set during the Depression year of 1933, “Annie” blossoms into a tearful opening scene showing Annie and other orphans in the New York City Municipal Orphanage. Annie longs for the parents who left her years ago with half of a silver locket and a note promising to come back to get to her as soon as possible. Annie tries to run away, but is caught by the orphanage mean matron, Miss Hannigan. The whole group of young girls is punished with the orphans singing their lament, “It’s the Hard Knock Life for Us!”

As Annie searches New York City for her parents, she is joined by the lovable mutt, Sandy, and fed by Hoovervilleites who live under the 59th Street Bridge. Annie is caught and returned to the orphanage, but Sandy escapes. Eventually multimillionaire Oliver Warbucks, assisted by his secretary, Grace, takes her in for Christmas and decides to adopt her. There are obstacles to a happy ending. Among them, a plot by Miss Hannigan, her ex-con brother Rooster and his gaudy girlfriend, Lily, to impersonate Annie’s lost parents and claim a reward. The intrigue which follows includes President Franklin D. Roosevelt, his cabinet and the FBI.

Chico Theater Company has a large and talented cast for this spectacular show. “Scarlett Meier plays the role of Annie,” Edson said. “She is age 13 and is a very powerful singer. We have a lot of kids in this show. Some are new to the theater and we have a  nice range of authenticates with ages ranging from 6-70. “Roger Hart is excited about portraying the role of Oliver Warbucks. We will be using a live dog to play the role of Sandy. Kind of a mutt dog whose name is Bo.”

Sarah Pierce is cast in the role of the conspiring Miss Hannigan. Playing a tenderhearted role as Warbucks helpful secretary, Grace, is Chantal Hazzard. Francisco Garcia portrays the conniving Rooster, and Erin Baber is his deceitful girlfriend Lily St. Regis. John Fuller portrays the historical President FDR.

Memorable songs in this musical include, “The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” and “A New Deal for Christmas.”

Tickets are $22 adult, $20 senior (age 65 and older), $15 youth (15 and under). To order tickets by phone, call 894-3282. The box office is open noon-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.