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Posted on: September 18, 2015

[ARCHIVED] One Hundred+ Local Youths Audition For Family Favorite "Annie, Jr."

Bring the entire family to see this all-youth production on Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. and final shows on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Over 100 children auditioned for the much loved musical, "Annie, Jr." A total of 67 youths were chosen to make up the entire cast. Our youth actors, ages 5 and up, hail from Plymouth, Livonia, Canton, South Lyon, Westland, Ann Arbor, Manchester and Ypsilanti.

Lucy Nolan of Canton plays Annie; Taylor Denby of Manchester plays Daddy Warbucks; Leslie Miller of South Lyon plays Grace; Cellach Allen of Canton plays Rooster; Cameron Denby of Manchester plays Miss Hannigan and Corinne Marsh of Canton plays Lily.

Director Barbara Bloom said: “This is a great family show! Annie Jr., based on the comic strip, tells the story of a feisty orphan that gets adopted by the richest man in town, with many memorable characters and wonderful songs that leaves you with a smile on your face and a song in your heart."

“You’ll recognize such songs as “It’s the Hark Knock Life”, “Tomorrow”, “Maybe” and "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile".

Annie Jr. is a 70-minute version of the popular Broadway musical Annie geared specifically for a youth cast. Based on the 1930s comic strip Little Orphan Annie, the show tells the story of America's favorite orphan girl, whose spunky antics in a Depression-era orphanage put her at odds with the institute’s cruel facilitator, Miss Hannigan. When Annie is chosen to spend Christmas with millionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, they both find hope, love – and a lot of thrills, especially when Miss Hannigan’s crooked brother Rooster gets into the act. And don’t forget Annie’s furry companion Sandy the dog!

Spotlight on Youth (SOY) exists to create an extraordinary youth centered theater experience and to advance theater as a means of educating, challenging and inspiring young people. Spotlight on Youth at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill seeks to create a cultural center for youth and families, where programs and activities will celebrate diverse art forms, ideas and cultures.

Tickets are available now online at . or by calling 734/394-5300. The Village Theater box office is open for walk-up service weekdays between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased one hour prior to curtain.

For additional information about Spotlight on Youth productions, call 248/719-3637 or visit, or

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of the dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups. For additional information on this and other productions at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, call 734/394-5300 or visit

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