You can bet your bottom dollar that this musical will be one for the whole family. Performed at LSU’s Shaver Theater, the Christian Youth Theater will lend its young actors to Annie, Jr., the song-filled story of the poor orphan Annie and her fateful visit to the home of billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Geared toward young audiences, this all-kids version of the Tony Award-winning show features all the tunes you already know and love, from “Hard Knock Life” to “Tomorrow.”
Originally based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie, this rags-to-riches tale from the Great Depression has seen several formats over the years, including the well-known 1982 and 2014 film adaptations. But this stage show keeps true to the spirit of Annie, who believes—despite constant belittlement by Miss Hannigan, who runs the orphanage—that her parents are still alive and will one day return to take her away. Even when the grumpy Warbucks offers to adopt her, they conspire to find her parents together, dodging con artists and misfortune until they finally figure out that what they’ve been looking for may not be so distant after all.
To see a list of show times for the remaining performances for the weekend and to purchase tickets online before the Feb. 12 deadline, visit cytbatonrouge.org. Tickets will also be available at the door. And check out our July 2015 article to learn more about the nonprofit work done by Christian Youth Theater.