New Britain City Journal

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NBYT Brings “The World’s Favorite Family Musical” to the Stage


The youth theater’s holiday musical, Annie Jr, is based on the comic strip that debuted in 1924 and the Broadway production from 1977. The musical tells the story of the young orphan Annie who is brought from her orphanage to spend Christmas with New York billionaire Oliver Warbucks for a life-changing experience. Among the songs are musical theater favorites including “It’s Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here,” and of course “Tomorrow.” (The “junior” version of the musical is slightly adapted for young actors and audience.) The performances are directed by Darren Farrington, musical directed by Angela Klimaytis, and choreographed by Chelsea Derby. Liberty Bank Foundation is sponsor of this and other season productions.

The musical stars over fifty children ages 5 through 18 from throughout Connecticut, and it is appropriate for audiences of all ages. “Our youngest cast members play orphans and also newsies and apple sellers on the streets,” said Farrington, “and older children are the staff at Oliver Warbuck’s mansion and other New Yorkers at the orphanage, movie theater, radio station, and streets of New York.”

Annie Jr will be performed at Holmes Elementary School, a community space located at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain. Performances are Friday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $11 for children, students, and seniors. Tickets may be reserved by calling New Britain Youth Theater at 860-515-8115 or may be purchased online at