REENFIELD — Dan Scharbrough thumbs through his script, reviewing his lines for the character of Daddy Warbucks, the fictional multi-millionaire businessman who — spoiler alert — adopts a well-known red-headed orphan in the musical “Annie.”

Scharbrough’s appearance as Warbucks in the Ricks-Weil Theatre Company’s production will be the fourth time he’s played the part; one would think he’d have the lines and the character down pat by now.

“It’s been seven years,” Scharbrough said, gesturing to the script. “Much of the dialogue, especially the longer speeches, I still have somewhere in my brain … some of the other dialogue is gone, and I have to memorize it again,” he admitted.

“Annie” opens Aug. 4 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St., with Scharbrough as Warbucks, Lylianne Vaughn-Badassone as Annie, Michelle Wafford as Grace and Beth Ray-Scott as Miss Hannigan. The show plays weekends through Aug. 13, with the Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

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Scharbrough first played the role of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks at Footlite Musicals in 1983. He reprised his role as Warbucks in the sequel “Annie Warbucks” at Footlite in 1996 and played

If you go

“Annie” opens Aug. 4 and runs weekends through August 13 at the H. J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for kids, available at For more information, call 317-477-8689.

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Christine Schaefer is arts editor and editorial assistant at the Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3222 or