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Annie Jr. opens a three day run at Meaford Hall tonight. The production will run from March 12 – 14, and tickets cost $10 for a child and $15 for an adult. Performances on March 12 and 13 will be at 7 pm, while the March 14 performance will take place at 2 pm.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie, the world-wide phenomenon, was the winner of seven TONY Awards including Best Musical and is now adapted for young performers in Annie JR.  The beloved book and score by TONY Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find her parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Late last year, the Meaford Hall Arts & Culture Centre announced a new partnership with Sandcastle Theatre for an upcoming production of Annie Jr. Many of the roles are being played by young people ages 8 - 19, including featured characters and ensemble roles as orphans, tourists and servants.

The cast has studied with Stephanie Fowler, founder of Sandcastle Theatre. She created the organization in 2002 to provide opportunities for young people to participate in high quality theatre programs and productions. An OCT qualified secondary school drama teacher and graduate of Second City in Toronto, Stephanie performs regularly with Grey Bruce Improv in Owen Sound.

Tickets are available at Meaford Hall or on their website www.meafordhall.ca