|JoeNathan Thomas and Audrey Mojica|
(photo by Katilin Randolph)
|never underestimate the power of "Little Girls"|
(photo by Glen Stubbe Photography)
|Emily Gunyou Halaas, Reed Sigmund, and Autumn Ness|
are living on "Easy Street" (photo by Glen Stubbe Photography)
|the cast of Annie (with Lola Ronning as Annie)|
(photo by Glen Stubbe photography)
Children's Theatre knows their audience, and they've trimmed the piece to a manageable two hours including intermission (in contrast to touring Broadway shows geared towards children than run way too long and late). Be sure to pick up a program on the way in as it includes several articles and activities to further engage kids in the world and experience of the show. Particularly interesting is an article by CTC's Director of Community Partnerships and Inclusion, Michael Winn, in which he connects the world of "Little Orphan Annie" with the Harlem Renaissance, both occurring in early 20th Century NYC. This helps inform the color-conscious casting that imagines a world in which a Black man could be a billionaire in 1930s America.
Annie plays now through January 9 and is a great choice to bring a little joy and optimism into you and your family's lives during these dark days* (click here for info and tickets).
|photo by Glen Stubbe Photography|
*Annie isn't specifically a holiday show, although it does include a scene at Christmas, but it's a holiday outing for many families. Click here to read about all of the holiday shows I've seen this year.