shore regional annie 2015

shore regional annie 2015PHOTO: Annie (Nicole Cebulko) and Sandy with Daddy Warbucks (Jake Cameron)  Credit: C J Photography

Shore Regional High School, 132 Monmouth Park Highway 36, West Long Branch, NJ 07764

West Long Branch, NJ – “Leapin’ Lizards!” ANNIE, one of the best-loved family musicals of all time, takes center stage at Shore Regional High School (Shore Players) from March 13 through 22!

 “I feel it is very important for children of all ages to receive exposure to the arts. This is why I felt it was so important to present a big family musical this year,” said Todd Aikens, Director of Shore Players. “We look forward to entertaining families across the district.  Not only does this help strengthen the bond of our school communities, it helps to nurture a love of theatre in the youngest of audience members. Nurturing the next generation of theatergoers promises us all that the sun will truly come out tomorrow!” Performances are March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 – Fridays at 7:00PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00PM.  A special preview performance for senior citizens will be offered on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00PM. Advance Tickets: $9 (Adults), $5 (Students/Seniors).  All Tickets after March 12: $12. Buy tickets online at  For ticket information, email [email protected].

Based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan, ANNIE won seven Tony Awards when it debuted in 1977. The Shore Players production will be a chance to showcase our truly talented high school performers, as well as the youngsters who will attend Shore Regional High School in the future.  Leading the Shore Players cast is junior Nicole Cebulko in the title role.  Other familiar faces include Emily Mitro (Miss Hannigan), Luke Sweeney (Rooster Hannigan), Jake Cameron (Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks), Christine Mitchell (Grace) and Taylor Lopez (Lily St. Regis).  Completing the high school cast are Annie Ruoff, Isabella Mansfield, Olivia Rescigno, Hope Allem, Danielle Bristol, John Leslie, Jared Cohen, Jake Cecero, Deanna Dantas, Jenna Vascimini, Taylor Sniffen, Zach Arlt, Rachel Primavera, Dwight Stefanakis, Abby Arlt and Felicia Aschettino.  We are also excited to have talented performers from Betty McElmon Elementary, Frank Antonides School and Maple Place Middle School with us!  Look for Christina Olson, Kellin Dantas, Jolie Harkavy, Melanie Watts, Grace Sweeney, Hailey Katzenberger and Isabella Whitaker as orphans!


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Director Todd Aikens is enjoying his 5th season of leadership with Shore Players.  He is best known for his affiliation with the hit musical Grease (Mr. Aikens toured nationally as the slick, fast-talking disc jockey, Vince Fontaine) which played to sold out houses at Shore Regional in March 2013. Mr. Aikens is also a Shore Players alum.  Rounding out the production staff of ANNIE are Producer, Randee Skloff, Choreographer Tara Eccles and Music Director AJ Meeker. 

Shore Players Presents ANNIE, March 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22 – Fridays at 7:00PM and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00PM. Enjoy sweet treats with the cast at a Tea Party on Sundays, March 15 and 22 at 12:30PM for just $10 per person!     

Tickets Now On Sale!  

Advance Tickets: $9 (Adults), $5 (Students/Seniors)

All tickets purchased after March 12: $12

For Information on Shore Regional High School and Shore Players, please visit  or email [email protected].

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