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Thursday, April 29, 2010 02:59 pm

ANNIE TAKES THE STAGE

We all remember the tales of Little Orphan Annie, whether it’s the cheery comic strip from the 1920s or the charming motion picture from the 1980s. Now, the story is being brought to life in Springfield with a stage performance by 100 kindergarten to eighth grade kids from Little Flower Catholic School and St. Aloysius School in Springfield.

Annie, Jr. is an all-youth version of the popular Annie Broadway musical, and adult themes such as Ms. Hannigan’s drinking and suggestive lyrics have been eliminated or revised. Every child who tried out for the play will appear on stage, including a few kindergarteners and first-graders cast in lead roles.

“They’re just learning to read, and they’re kicking their roles in the pants,” said Michael Jones, the show’s director and music teacher at both St. Aloysius and Little Flower schools.

The two-hour performance will begin at 7 p.m. at Little Flower Parish Center, April 29, April 30 and May 1. Tickets are available at the door or by calling St. Aloysius at 544-4553 or Little Flower at 529-4511. The cost is $7 for floor seats and $5 for bleacher seats.
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