Five Reasons to see 'Annie Jr.' at the NACC

Contributed photoChloe Larson of Wilson, center, plays “Annie,” shown above with some of the cast of 37 young actors and actresses from the region in the Teal’s Niagara Theatre production of “Annie Jr.” The show is running tonight through Saturday at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center in Niagara Falls.

An adapted version of a beloved Broadway musical about an orphan who finds a dad, will run this weekend at the Niagara Arts and Cultual Center in Niagara Falls.

Amy Teal, of Teal’s Theatre Niagara, offers five reasons why audiences should see this play, which 37 young actors from the region have been rehearsing since January. 

Five reasons why:

1. It’s a classic musical with songs you know and love! (”Tomorrow,” “Hard Knock Life,” “Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile”). You will be singing along and tapping your toes. You can’t help but smile as you hear those young voices belt out all the great music in this show.

2. It’s a “feel good” story with a timely message. Little Orphan Annie is a story about triumph over adversity and about the power of love to bring together the most unlikely of individuals, Daddy Warbucks, a billionaire and Annie, an orphan. Also, there’s some issues between Warbucks, a Republican and FDR, a Democrat.) Despite all of her trials, Annie has a way of always finding the “sun” in the darkest of situations and believing that better days are ahead “tomorrow.” Her optimism is contagious and radiates into the audience. You will leave feeling a little happier and wanting to be a little better.

3. It’s affordable fun for the whole family. Young children are encouraged to attend. The show is about 60 minutes plus a 15 minute intermission, so it’s the perfect length. Tickets are only $8 pre-sale or $10 at the door. It’s less expensive than most movies or a drive-thru meal but a whole lot more fulfilling.

4. Local talent that rivals Broadway! The young people in this show have voices that are seriously amazing. Chloe Larson, 10, who plays Annie, can blow the roof off the place with no mic and the shear power of her voice.

5. Visitors can make a day of it. Tourist and locals can enjoy the entire Niagara Falls area before or after the show. Hop on board the Discover Niagara Shuttle and you can stop and enjoy dinner at any number of stops in Lewiston, Youngstown or Niagara Falls. Locals can be tourists in their own town and enjoy the parks, and museums including the free art galleries inside the NACC, and finish the day with Annie!

Performances are 7 p.m. tonight and Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the NACC, 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tickets.com or go online to www.thenacc.org or visit TNT on Facebook.