Wellington Children’s Theatre will present the family-friendly musical Annie Jr. on Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Performances will take place at Trinity West Church at 16569 Southern Blvd.
The “Acting Out Junior Musical Theatre Workshop” has been busy rehearsing for this upcoming production. The cast of 22 children began preparing for the show in September, first learning musical numbers and then blocking and choreographing the songs.
The original production of Annie opened on Broadway in 1977, followed by several film versions and Broadway revivals. Each of the “orphans” will be costumed in 1930s style, and there will be two different girls playing the part of Annie during different performances.
Director Karen Braunstein is very enthusiastic about the production. “Our workshops begin with basic acting instruction. The goal is to teach these children the importance of ‘being in the moment’ when onstage, of focus, which is the basis of good acting, and of connecting with the other characters,” she said. “Those on-stage relationships must be believable. Acting is not easy and takes dedication and work.”
Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for children and students, with a $1 fee for credit card and online purchases. Limited tickets will be available at the door. For more info., visit www.wellingtonchildrenstheatre.com or call (561) 223-1928.
The Wellington Children’s Theatre is currently accepting registration for its winter session.