Dear friends, community and supporters:
After a year and a half of a lot of hard work and so much heart, I regret to inform you that The Annie will be closing its doors at 1 Washington Street within the next month.
We are proud to have earned a solid reputation for outstanding and innovative theatreworks born out of the historic and modern folklore of Cape Ann, as well as for our Cape Ann After Dark cultural events, unique children’s programs and The Conservatory- our foundational mentoring program for young creatives. We have received supportive donations from kind patrons & sponsors, and we are honored to have received an award of recognition from the Gloucester Historical Commission for Greasy Pole, The Musical! Indeed, we have been called a “Cape Ann treasure”… but the truth is that the costs of this space have proven too much for our community to sustain.
Although we must close our doors at The Annie, we are excited to take this opportunity to sprout wings as Henry Allen’s North Shore Folklore Theatre Company. Still Gloucester-based, the new company will form partnerships with venues around Cape Ann and the North Shore to bring stories of the past to life in the very places and spaces that inspired them. Simply stated, we will now bring our shows, workshops and classes out of the theatre and into the community itself, making the arts truly accessible to all.
Keep expecting great things, including the upcoming 2nd Annual TRAGABIGZANDA Political Theatre Festival, The UnAdulterated Cabaret, Murder on Rocky Neck The Opera, The LobstahCrackah Ballet, and more!
Thank you for your continued love and support of our important work. Please keep in touch via the website, Facebook, and email. I will do my best to provide updates as they come to light. Donations can still be made securely through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor. (https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/4582). We need your support now more than ever during this transition.