The Hard Knock Life is Coming to Havre de Grace

Throughout this cold winter, we may all have found ourselves hoping “the sun will come out tomorrow,” but pretty soon it will, in the form of that sweet Little Orphan Annie.  On Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29, the combined Teen, Youth and Tiny Tots Troupes of the Havre de Grace Drama Guild will present the Junior version of this classic musical.

Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Annie, Jr. encourages us all to be optimistic and look to the future, even in dark times when all seems lost.  It is a message that crosses generations, speaking to everyone in need of hope.  Even when your day is gray and lonely, remember that tomorrow is always a day away.

In 1922, a little red-headed baby, Annie, was left on the doorstep of the Municipal Girls’ Orphanage in New York City with a note from her parents promising to return for her.  The only other clue to her identity is a broken locket that was hanging around her neck.

11 years later, now a spunky pre-teen, Annie continues to get under the skin of Ms. Hannigan, the matron of the Orphanage, and eventually squirms her way into the heart of Billionaire Oliver Warbucks.  But when Warbucks offers a reward to anyone who can prove they are Annie’s birth parents, Hannigan and her cohorts Rooster and Lily launch their scheme to con Warbucks out of his money and get rid of everyone’s favorite orphan.

With a powerful book by Thomas Meehan and familiar tunes by Charles Strause and Martin Charnin that are guaranteed to have you singing along, this show is not to be missed.

Annie, Jr. is an abbreviated version of the full Broadway musical and will be presented at the Havre de Grace High School auditorium on Friday, March 28 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 29 at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00 for adults or $8.00 for children (0-11) and seniors (55+).  They may be purchased online at http://hdgdramatroop.com/tickets.html or in person at the Havre de Grace Activity Center (351 Lewis Lane) and starting next week at the Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center (450 Pennington Avenue).  Space permitting, tickets will also be available at the door.

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