NEW BRITAIN - Bet your bottom dollar that the New Britain Youth Theaterâ€™s rendition of the musical â€śAnnie Jr.â€ť opens this weekend.
Based on the comic strip started in 1924 and Broadway production from 1977, â€śAnnieâ€ť is about a young orphan by the title name who is brought from her orphanage to spend Christmas with New York billionaire Oliver â€śDaddyâ€ť Warbucks. The junior version - directed by Darren Farrington, musical directed by Angela Klimaytis and choreographed by Chelsea Derby - is adapted for young actors and audience members.
The musical features over 50 children ages 5 through 18 from throughout Connecticut, and it is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
â€śOur youngest cast members play orphans and also newsies and apple sellers on the streets,â€ť said Farrington, â€śand older children are the staff at Oliver Warbucksâ€™ mansion and other New Yorkers at the orphanage, movie theater, radio station, and streets of New York.â€ť
Listen to musical theater favorites like â€śItâ€™s the Hard Knock Life,â€ť â€śEasy Street,â€ť â€śI Think Iâ€™m Gonna Like it Hereâ€ť and â€śTomorrow.â€ť
Shows will take place this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at Holmes Elementary School located at 2150 Stanley St.
Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at nbyt.org.
Admission is $13 general admission or $11 for seniors, students and children.
Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @ADeRosaNBH