After putting the show on hold for a few months, the Sherman Community Players is finally ready to open the Christmas-themed musical “Annie.” The third production of the 70th consecutive season of the theater will be showing April 12-28 at the Finley Theater in Sherman.


With the exit of SCP’s artistic director, “Annie” will be led by Theatricks and Administrative Director Webster Crocker with the help of Eric Vest, Heidi Scheibmeir and Tom Bryson.


“This is a great opportunity for the cast, crew, Board, and patrons to find closure after the December event,” Crocker said in an email interview. “When the opportunity was first announced about bringing the show back in April, almost all of them jumped at the chance to do so, especially the children!”


The sun seemingly set for the cast of “Annie” just hours before the show was originally supposed to open in December when Crocker received a voicemail from the publishers of the musical letting him know that the contract the theater had with the publisher had been rescinded due to changes that had been made without the publisher’s knowledge.


After hours of negotiation, Crocker and the theater’s board decided to cancel the opening night performance as well as the shows that were supposed to take place throughout December.


“By now everyone has heard that the Sherman Community Players (SCP) had to cancel their run of the Christmas Production, ANNIE,” Crocker said in a prepared statement in December. “It was a very hard decision to make knowing that there has been a great deal of time, talent and effort put into this production over the past 6 weeks. As the SCP Administrator, I am truly sorry that this decision had to be made.”


Weeks following the announcement, a positive turn was made through continued negotiations with Music Theatre International, the publishing company that owns the rights to “Annie,” and new dates were set for the play to show in Grayson County.


“This production will highlight the talents of all of those actors, musicians, and crew who worked so hard toward the December scheduled production, the opportunity to share that hard work with the community by finally performing it on the Finley stage in April,” the SCP statement from Dec. 22 said about the new “Annie” show dates.


Taking the place of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” which had been previously scheduled to show April 12-28, “Annie” will be showing at 500 N. Elm Street in Sherman.


“I have had the opportunity to speak directly with several patrons and community members while speaking at Lion’s Club, Monodrama Club, and Ladies Book Club meetings, and they were all sympathetic to the plight of SCP recently but were also excited that we successfully produced MUSIC MAN in February and now bringing ANNIE back,” Crockert’s email said.


For tickets to “Annie,” visit http://www.scptheater.org or call the box office at 903-892-8818.