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CAPTION: Ro Tripi’s (center) wickedly-funny Miss. Hannigan is tormented by the golden-hearted orphan, Annie, played by Carly Grande (left) in the “Red Cast” and Grace Anderson (right) in the “White Cast” in Lakeshore Players’ production of ANNIE, April 24-May 25 (photo by Ben Ratkowski)

A Rousing Musical Romp Takes the Spotlight as “Annie” Comes to Lakeshore Players Theatre

America’s favorite optimistic orphan, Annie, is coming to Lakeshore Players Theatre in White Bear Lake.

Annie brings laughter and joy to all she meets. So does this feel-good, family-friendly classic musical. As Executive Director Joan Elwell remarks, “with songs like “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow” it’s hard not to smile.”

Christopher Teipner (Director of Lakeshore Players Theatre’s Sound of Music, Suessical, and Something’s Afoot) returns to Lakeshore to direct Annie with Derick Rehurek (Musical Director), and Windy Bowlsby (Choreographer). “Everyone is glad to see Christopher back at LPT,” says Artistic Director Ben Ratkowski. “The trio of Christopher, Derick, and Windy bring upbeat personalities and artistry perfect for Annie.”

The artistic team has guided the actors, singers, and dancers to performances that light up the stage. The cast from White Bear Lake and across the Twin Cities, were selected from over 120 people who auditioned. Co-Producer and Lakeshore Board Member Tamara Winden says they have been rehearsing since February,“Everyone is looking and sounding great. It is a treat to watch."

As you watch the play, take special notice of the technical elements. There are many visually interesting elements to Annie: from the sets designed by Dietrich Poppen and built by Technical Director Eric Gustafson; to the costumes designed by Kiley Cermak with the assistance of Emily Jannusch; and the props designed by Sara Kessler. “It’s fabulous. You can notice something new each time you see the show,” says Stage Manager Jeff Musch.

There will be a $10 preview performance on Thursday, April 24. Remaining performances are April 25 through May 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

After the opening night show on Friday, April 25, attendees are invited to a free post-show reception.

On Sunday, April 27, pay-what-you-can general admission rush tickets are available one hour prior to show time, and there will be an audience talk back immediately following the performance.

Performances are at Lakeshore Players Theatre, 4820 Stewart Avenue in downtown White Bear Lake. Tickets are $18-$20 and may be reserved in advance by calling 651-429-5674, with remaining seats sold at the door starting two hours prior to show time. For further information, or to buy tickets online go to


For More Information:
(651) 429-5674

Ben Ratkowski, Artistic Director
(651) 426-3275


CAPTION: The ten-minute play “Double Dribble,” is one of three comedies to be performed at Lakeshore Players’ fundraiser. 2007 photo (L to R) Jim Westcott, Jim Crews, and J.P. Barone. Photo by Joan Elwell.

“There’s No Business Like Show Business!"

White Bear Lake’s own community theater, Lakeshore Players is holding their annual “There’s No Business Like Show Business” fundraiser Saturday, April 26 at Century College.

Since 2014 marks Lakeshore’s tenth year of conducting a worldwide original play contest, the theater is celebrating by presenting three of the funniest comedies from past years as the entertainment portion of their annual fundraiser. One of the plays, “Double Dribble,” was written by St. Paul's D.W. Surine, and will feature White Bear Lake resident J.P. Barone reprising his role as a confused basketball fan.

The two other plays are “Escape” which answers the question, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and “OMG!” where texting while driving leads to divine comedy.

“This will be a really fun evening, with dinner and a show, plus lots more,” says Joan Elwell, Lakeshore’s Executive Director. “Our annual fundraiser is always a good time."

Tickets are $45 and include a full catered dinner and dessert, entertainment, a silent auction with a variety of items, and a wine raffle featuring two cases of French wine. The event is from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Mall on Century College’s East Campus, 3300 Century Ave North in White Bear Lake. Tickets may be purchased through Lakeshore’s box office at 651-429-5674 or ordered online at






This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



April 24, Thur (7:30 pm)
>$10 Preview

April 25, Fri (7:30 pm)
>Post-show reception

April 26, Sat (7:30 pm)

April 27, Sun (2:00 pm)
>General admission, pay-what-you-can tickets at the door
>Post-show artist discussion

May 2, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 3, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 4, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 9, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 10, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 11, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 16, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 17, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 18, Sun (2:00 pm)

May 23, Fri (7:30 pm)
May 24, Sat (7:30 pm)
May 25, Sun (2:00 pm)
>ASL-Interpreted (with two week's notice)



















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