Leapin’ Lizards! Test your knowledge of Annie
Hershey Theatre is proud to welcome the new U.S. National Tour of Annie to the stage from Tuesday, July 21 through Sunday, July 26. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of Annie will be a brand new physical incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. The original production of Annie opened April 21, 1977 and remains one of the biggest Broadway musical hits ever.
The beloved score for Annie includes “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”
How well do you know this classic? Test your knowledge below to find out. You can bet your bottom dollar it’s going to be a swell time when Annie takes the stage.
What does it mean if someone has a “hard-knock” life?
- People need to knock loudly to enter their home.
- They have a difficult life.
- They like to sing a lot.
The correct answer is: 2. If someone has a “hard-knock” life it means they have a difficult life. “Hard knocks” describes experiences in life which include difficult times and disappointments. A “hard-knock” life is one which includes hard times, like those experienced by Annie and the other girls in the orphanage, which they sing about in the song “It’s the Hard-Knock Life.”
If someone says something is “swell,” what does she mean?
- It’s getting bigger
- It’s stinky
- It’s great
The correct answer is: 3. When people said something was “swell” in Annie’s time, they meant it was great. This word is used a few times in Annie. In the song “Maybe” Annie sings, “Betcha my life is gonna be swell.”
What does it mean if someone got their knuckles “rapped”?
- They were hit on the knuckles
- They had their nails painted
- They had a rap song written about their hands
The correct answer is: 1. Getting knuckles “rapped” means to get hit on the knuckles. In the song, “It’s the Hard-Knock Life,” the orphans sing about the hard times ahead for them and say “gonna get our faces slapped, gonna get our knuckles rapped.”
What is the meaning of the expression “come what may”?
- Wait until the month of May
- No matter what happens
- Let’s eat pizza
The correct answer is: 2. “Come what may” means no matter what happens will be. In “Tomorrow,” when Annie sings “The sun’ll come out tomorrow, so ya gotta hang on ‘til tomorrow, come what may!” she is saying that no matter what happens, you have to hold onto thoughts that things will be better tomorrow.
When Annie says, “Leapin’ Lizards!” what does she mean?
- Wow! Oh my goodness!
- Let’s skip around the room!
- That’s very sad!
The correct answer is: 1. When Annie says, “Leapin’ Lizards!” she means “Wow! Oh my goodness!”
What did people buy at “the Automat”?
- Electronic gadgets
- Little robots
The correct answer is: 3. People bought food at the Automat. In Annie, Grace says Mr. Warbucks and Annie had lunch at the Automat. The Horn & Hardart Automat, started in 1902 in Philadelphia, was the first big fast-food chain in the US. Guests bought cold food (such as sandwiches, salad and pie) from coin-operated machines. When a person took food out of a machine, a worker behind the machine would replace it. Guests could buy hot food at buffet tables. Coffee was the most popular item at the Automat.
What is a “fiver”?
- Something that happens at 5 o’clock
- A child who is five-years-old
- A five dollar bill
The correct answer is: 3. A “fiver” is slang for a five dollar bill. In ANNIE, Rooster asks Miss Hannigan to borrow 10 dollars and then when she refuses, he asks for a “fiver.”
What does it mean to be “living in clover”?
- Living well
- Living in a field
- Not talking to people
The correct answer is: 1. “Living in clover” means living well. In Annie, Miss Hannigan jokes that her brother had bragged that he would be “livin’ in clover” and now he is asking her for a “fiver” (a five dollar bill).
What are “shenanigans”?
- Dances popular in the 1930s
- Family-style restaurants
- Mischief or naughtiness
The correct answer is: 3. “Shenanigans” describe mischief or naughtiness. In ANNIE, Miss Hannigan describes Annie’s attempt to run away as “shenanigans” and says to the orphans, “Now, for this one’s shenanigans, you’ll scrub this floor, and strip the beds for the laundry man.”
What is a “foundling”?
- Child who has been found after being left by its parents
- Place where metal is made
- Small duck
The correct answer is: 1. A “foundling” is a child who has been found after being left by its parents. In Annie, radio host Bert Healy describes Annie as “an eleven-year-old foundling who was left by her parents on the steps of New York’s Municipal Orphanage on the night of December 31st, 1922.”
Tickets are still available for this classical Broadway show. Visit the Hershey Theatre website or call 717-534-3405.