The Waldo Theatre is making “A New Deal for Christmas” by celebrating the old-fashioned way — with the timeless musical “Annie.” The first weekend of performances saw standing ovations every night. Final performances are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17 and 18 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Waldo, Main Street/Route 220.

In addition to a cast of Midcoast favorites including Deb Beam as Miss Hannigan, Dan True as Rooster, Heidi Kopishke as Lily St. Regis, Kayleigh Tolley as Annie, Tod Widdecombe as Daddy Warbucks, Devin Fletcher as Grace and Brad Fillion as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, audiences will see that some of FDR’s cabinet members are from the Waldoboro fire department — indeed, Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer is on the stage after a 20-years hiatus to play Harold Ickes, a rather cranky member of the President’s cabinet. Joining him will be Dale Smith (another local favorite) and Bill Maxwell. In a scene that has the audience in stitches, these men act and sing their hearts out. Also seen is John Blodgett as a Secret Service Agent.

Of course, “Annie” also features a large cast of lovable orphans. The Waldo production  is directed by Melissa Hearth and Donna McClure with musical direction by Linda Blanchard and accompanied by Ruth Gelsinger.

Tickets are $15, $8 for students. Group rates are $10 for adults and $5 for students in groups of 20 or more. For reservations, call 832-6060 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to