The Ahwatukee Children's Theater is presenting an early-spring production starting this weekend with a little-known continuation of the classic Broadway show, Annie.

Annie Warbucks, the theater's Main Stage Production, will show Annie's life after being adopted by Mr. Warbucks, beginning at 7 p.m. tonight, March 4.

Young actors of Ahwatukee Foothills, ranging in age from preschool to high school, along with two local adults, will perform the play, which runs through Saturday, March 12.

The Ahwatukee Children's Theater (ACT) provides kids and young adults the opportunity to experience the performing arts.

"It is a home away from home for a lot of the kids," said Yvette Dickson, community outreach coordinator for ACT.

Dickson mentioned that the kids are able to learn life-long skills and that with some of their productions requiring auditions, they get to experience the arts in a non-competitive environment.

"It is an inspiring place, we inspire creativity and imaginations," she said.

Directors Bailey Isenberg, 20, and Melissa Snow, 41, have been preparing for the show since January, and said their cast of 30 is more than excited.

"They have become attached," Isenberg said.

Both Isenberg and Snow have been teaching at the theater for about five years.

As for the crowds, Isenberg hopes that word-of-mouth spreads and that more people can open up to the idea of an Annie sequel.

"Most people are hesitant when they hear it's a continuation," Isenberg said.

But once attendees hear the music, she added, they will love it.

It's cool to see how (people) come out, Isenberg said.

"The music is more fun and interesting," Isenberg said of the play, in comparison to the classic Annie.

Tickets for the play are $15 and available at the Ahwatukee Children's Theater, 5051 E. Elliot Road. For more information and a complete show schedule, call (480) 705-9319 or visit www.azact.org.

Diana Martinez is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a junior at Arizona State University.

 

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