STAPLES -- Motley Staples Middle School will present "Annie Jr." March 9 and 10 at Centennial Auditorium in Staples.
"Annie Jr.," a part of the Broadway Junior Collection, is based on "Little Orphan Annie." It is being produced with the permission of The Tribune Media Services, Inc. with book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin.
Kevin Olsen and Gloria Palmer will co-direct the musical production. They have directed such shows as "Cinderella," "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and others.
This story is about a young orphan girl named Annie who lives in an orphanage in New York City in 1933. Through a series of events she meets the famous and very wealthy Oliver (Daddy) Warbucks, who eventually becomes her savior.
The musical is set in the year 1933, when the treatment of orphans was checkered. In the 1800s orphaned children were kept in "almshouses" with adults who were diseased, mentally ill and often abusive of the children. In some states, this practice continued as late as 1910. Children were "indentured," meaning they earned their keep working for a tradesman while learning a craft.
By 1933, children were no longer kept with adults, but the emphasis was still on their labor. Life in the orphanages was deplorable. Conditions slowly changed as professionally trained and licensed caretakers took over from unskilled caretakers of the past. The 1930s saw a shift in thinking; People no longer felt work was good for children and decided homes should be emphasized over institutions. These were the beginnings of what is now called the foster care system, in which the state pays foster parents to board children until the children can be adopted.
Also, in 1933 the United States was in the depths of the Great Depression. Out of this crisis comes the story of "Little Orphan Annie."
This musical features such familiar favorite songs as: "Maybe," "Hard Knock-Life" and "Tomorrow" along with many others.
Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Buy tickets from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Centennial Auditorium Box Office or by calling the 24-hour messaging service at (218) 894-5416 or 800-213-6877. Tickets can be purchased by phone using Visa/MasterCard.
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