OTTUMWA — If you love the classic musical of a red-headed orphan with a dog named Sandy, you may equally love Annie, Jr.
On August 23, 24 and 25 children will perform in Annie Jr at Bridge View Center. There will be two evening shows at 7 p.m. on the 23rd and 24th, and a matinee will take place at 3 p.m. on the 25th.
The cast of 80 children have been preparing for this show three nights a week for two hours each night since mid-June under directors Becky Ingle and Marc Lay. Each day, they’ve been going over the first and second acts and finally rehearsed the entire show on August 5.
“The kids have learned all the songs and choreography,” Ingle said. “The kids are doing a great job and it’s certainly coming along.”
Ingle said the cast’s familiarity with the entire play and their teamspirit are contributing to successful rehearsals. “The older kids working with the younger kids do an excellent job,” she said. “They really are helping the younger kids.”
Ingle believed residents will enjoy Annie Jr, even if it differs from the original Annie. “The songs are a lot shorter,” Ingle said, “It’s easier for the younger kids to do the Annie, Jr Version. In this show, Sandy will get to sing along.”
Admission costs $10 for adults and $5 for students. Ingle said residents should come because of the hard work the cast put into preparing. “With the six-year-olds you are never sure what you’ll get,” she said, “you’ll enjoy watching them dance. We also have electronic backdrops which will be exciting. “It’s good, fun family entertainment. You can bring your entire family. The cast has worked very hard.”
Ingle also said residents should watch the show even if they are not familiar with the show or don’t want to watch Annie, Jr because it differs from the original.
“They will experience a great show. The kids are wonderful in performance and enjoy large crowds,” she said. “It’s special to have the Ottumwa people support us. Marc and I have enjoyed working with the kids and parents involved, as well as the parent volunteers.”