Sandy River youngsters will stage ‘Annie Jr.’

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FARMINGTON – The world’s most famous red-headed orphan will take to the stage when the Sandy River Players Children’s Musical Theatre Camp presents “Annie Jr.,” the Broadway junior version of Meehan, Strouse and Charnin’s classic.

There will be three performances in Alumni Theater on the University of Maine at Farmington campus: at 7 p.m. July 13 and 14, and at 2 p.m. July 15.

“Annie Jr.” is the story of a spirited orphan who thinks she finds happiness when millionaire Daddy Warbucks adopts her.

Unfortunately, nasty Miss Hannigan, head of the orphanage, has other plans.

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Before long, songs such as “Hard Knock Life” and “Tomorrow,” even President Franklin Delano Roosevelt himself, become part of this Depression-era adventure.

Despite its youth, the cast features a number of veterans of western Maine stages.

Anna Glass plays the heroine, Annie, while Derek Haley portrays her adoptive father, Daddy Warbucks.

Andreas Wyder appears as the dastardly Rooster Hannigan.

Noah LePage plays the esteemable President Roosevelt.

Director Christie Robinson performs double duty, running the production while also appearing on stage as cruel Miss Hannigan.

Sandy River Players Children’s Musical Theatre Camp runs for three weeks under Robinson, with musical direction by Mary Ellms.

Open to participants ages 8 to 13, the camp provides an opportunity for children to learn about musical theater, from the music and choreography to the sets and costuming.

Doors open 30 minutes before the curtain goes up.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. For families of five or more, tickets are $5 per person.

Tickets are available at Howard’s Rexall in downtown Farmington.

For more information, contact Robinson at crob1129@yahoo.com, or call 944-3685.

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