Youth Theatre Carson City presents ANNIE, JR. at the Carson City Community Center | NevadaAppeal.com

Youth Theatre Carson City presents ANNIE, JR. at the Carson City Community Center

Special to the Nevada Appeal

Youth Theatre Carson City is presenting “ANNIE, Jr.” Jan. 9-11 in the Bob Boldrick Theater at the Carson City Community Center.

The story follows little orphan Annie as she charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City, where she foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

“Annie, Jr.” features the songs “Tomorrow”, “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and “Easy Street.”

The cast, comprised of more than 100 local youth in grades K-12, include Hailey Ponczoch and Cassidy Buchan of Carson City as Annie; Jacob Reem and Bryce O’Connor as Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks; Payton Henderson and Alexa Haight as Miss Hannigan; and Parker Schmid and Angelina Mendez as Sandy. Also rounding out the cast are a host of young actors, singers and dancers.

The show is directed by Andie Anderson, Youth Theatre Carson City founder and Northern Nevada native who recently earned a masters degree in theater education from Emerson College in Boston, Mass.

“I can’t be more proud of this cast,” Anderson said. “We’ve taken a journey, not only through Annie’s story, but through the history of the Great Depression in America, and these amazing kids have really grown through the process. “Annie, Jr.” has something for audiences of all ages to enjoy.”

“ANNIE, Jr.” runs Jan. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. in the Bob Boldrick Theatre at the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

For tickets or more information, go to http://www.youththeatrecarsoncity.com, or call 775-882-0358.

Youth Theatre Carson City operates primarily at the Carson City Community Center as part of the Carson City Recreation Department. Its mission is to provide a safe, inclusive environment for young people and their families to explore, create, learn and grow through quality theatrical experiences. It produces three to five fully staged theatrical productions each year that feature all-youth casts. Theatre arts classes and workshops are also offered year-round for all ages.