The Sweetwater BOCES Summer Theatre for Youth will present its production of “Annie Jr.” next week in the WWCC Theatre at Western Wyoming Community College. This fully produced performance will take the stage next Thursday, July 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets are required and may be obtained at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.
This Sweetwater BOCES Summer Theatre for Youth production will feature 25 local youths from ages 8 to 18 in the lively story of youngster Little Orphan Annie, based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. The story also showcases some of the greatest musical theatre songs ever written, including “Hard-Knock Life” and "Tomorrow.”
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Annie 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 years ago on the doorstep of a municipal orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
The Sweetwater BOCES Summer Theatre for Youth program is under the direction of Western Performing Arts Professors Chris Will and Eric de Lora. Both Will and De Lora bring extensive musical-theatre experience to the program and are mentoring five Western students who have opportunities to assist in stage direction, music direction, choreography, set design, costume design, and light design. They are also able to work with and teach the show’s young performers on a daily basis.
“While both Chris [Will] and I are new to the revived Theatre for Youth program, we wanted to make certain we created opportunities for the Western students to explore theatre education experiences with the young performers,” De Lora said. “Of course, we want all the students to have fun but we also want the younger students to learn from older student mentors. Maybe one or more of them will want to pursue a career in education, even to the point of taking one of our places as a college instructor someday.”
This production is appropriate for audience members of all ages. For more information, contact the Sweetwater BOCES Office at (307) 382-1607.