Our first time at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
We were provided tickets to the show to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.
We were really looking forward to attending the opening night of Annie at the Segerstrom Center of performing arts. For one we had never been to the theater and two my girl is a huge fan of all the Annie movies, but in particular the original of which this tony award winning production is based off.
The theater itself has so much to see with it's immense windows and sculptures everywhere. Sweeping mirrored staircases take you to each level where more impressive views are offered. It's an impressive space to experience.
I little about the Center for Arts. They are a non- proffit organization that opened their doors with the Building of the Segerstrom Hall in 1986 on a 5 acre parcel of land that was donated by the Segerstrom family. Sitting now on 14 acres it also includes the Renee and Henery Segerstrom Concert hall, South Coast Repertory and the future home of Orange County Museum of Art.
Upon arrival to the theater, there seamed to be a bit on confusion as to when the pre-event activities were to start and to their location. Some ushers said there were no activities, others said they started the following day. What we ended up finding ourselves was half of what was stated to be available online. Very confusing and it was chalked up to opening day, hum?
ANNIE: I was very impressed with the Annie stage sets, so detailed and the lighting just elaborated their details. The music, wow a live orchestra,what can I say it was beautiful. The actors singing and performing were amazing and my girl so enjoyed singing along. She and her friend sat through the entire first act with no problem. Transitions between scenes were flawless and kept them engaged. And what can we say about Sandy! Too cute. Great production overall.
With the exception of a couple actions that occur within the play, it is suitable for children and adults alike. My husband and I were a bit taken back by the pushing and yelling at the children by Miss Hannigan. I know she is supposed to be a bully but I would rather my 7 year old not see that sort of behavior betrayed against children, just my opinion, thought it could have been portrayed differently. Beyond that it was an enjoyable play. This play runs approximately 2 1/2 hours with one- 15 minuet intermission. My girls favorite part she tells me was when Annie saved Sandy.
I would recommend seeing an early showing as this is an all age venue and alcohol is served before the show and during intermission. The later showing does not end till well after 10 P.M as well.
- The sound level was not too loud in the theater surprisingly.
- Restrooms are located on one level only, plan accordingly as during intermission they were very busy. Noise level is minimal inside.
- I would try to select your own seats to be at the end of a row in case you need a break during the show.
- The halls during intermission are very crowded, be aware of this.
Annie is playing now through May 24th, see the Centers site for times, dates and to purchase your tickets in advance.
I would like to graciously thank Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the invitation to open night.