April 2, 2023

‘Annie Jr.’ Makes Its Way to St. Leonard

'Annie Jr.' in St. Leonard

New Direction Community Theater will present its annual children’s holiday show, “Annie Jr.,” with an all-“no adults” cast on Friday and Saturday evenings, December 2 and 3 and 9 and 10 at 7 pm at the Long Beach Community Center at 5845 Calvert Blvd. in St. Leonard, MD 20685.

There also will be matinee performances at 3 pm Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4 and 10 and 11.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, and may be purchased by visiting NDCT’s web site here.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, but reservations are advised.

“Annie Jr.” is the Broadway hit musical “Annie” as specially adapted for performance by actors teen-age and younger. The plot is the same: Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

New Direction Community Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing quality theater to Calvert County as well as the neighboring counties. Its goal is to eventually have a four-show season as well as a permanent space to call its own.

Volunteers are always needed in directing, producing, administrative, publicity, costuming, makeup, properties, acting, tech, stage manager, choreography, sound design, light design, and set design.

The next play in the 2016-17 season will be “Play On!” by Rick Abbot. It will be perform at 7 pm May 12, 13, 19, and 20.

This is the hilarious story of a theater group trying desperately to put on a play in spite of maddening interference from a haughty author who keeps revising the script. Act I is a rehearsal of the dreadful show, Act II is the near disastrous dress rehearsal, and the final act is the actual performance in which anything that can go wrong does. When the author decides to give a speech on the state of the modern theatre during the curtain calls, the audience is treated to a madcap climax to a thoroughly hilarious romp. Even the sound effects reap their share of laughter.

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