THE PENGUIN PROJECT ANNIE JR.
Civic Youth Theatre Musical
Leapin Lizards! Annie Jr. will be our first Penguin Project Production!
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone s favorite little redhead.
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. 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 plot, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out Tomorrow!
Our Civic Youth Theatre program serves as an introduction to theatre as an art form for many of our young patrons. Students involved in a production learn very quickly that it takes a lot of hard work to put on a show. As they memorize lines, paint scenery and collect props, they are also building friendships and develop self-confidence that will last them a lifetime.
RATING: THE WHOLE FAMILY
"In short, about as much fun as you would expect, and then a little more."
- Venue Magazine
THE PENGUIN PROJECT
Established in 2004, Penguin Project gives youth and young adults with special needs the opportunity to participate in the community theatre experience. The Penguin Project is open to any individual ages 9 to 26 with a disability. This includes those with cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments as well as genetic and neurological disorders. They are joined on stage by a dedicated group of "peer mentors" - youth the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with the artists throughout the entire rehearsal and performance process.
The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents. It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The impact of the program has reached beyond the stage to create a social network for children who previously had very few friends and limited social opportunities.
The production starts with an informational meeting for Annie Jr. on February 2 or 3, 2020 where the artists, the peer mentors, the parents, and the production team meet and learn about the program. 90 minute rehearsals, two days a week begin in February, frequency will increase as the show approaches. Some rehearsals are for the ensemble, some are for the leads, but all are fun!
You won't want to miss this beautiful program that shows everyone that theatre is for all!
Director - JACKI STAHR
Music Director - WENDY WHEELER
Choreographer - MELISSA SPARKS
Mentor Coordinator - MICHAEL RAY HELMS
Scenic Designer - APRIL THOMSON
Costume Designer - ELAINE KAUFFMAN
Lighting Designer - KATRINA BAIOCCHI
Sound Designer - MAYA ABLAO
Technical Director - NATHANIEL WILLIAMS
Properties Master - STACY BARTELL
Stage Manager - EMMA MICHAEL
Due to Covid-19 - our June 2020 performances of ANNIE JR are cancelled for now.
We hope to reschedule this production as soon as our local and state health officials deem it safe for everyone to return to the theatre!
The Parish Theatre
405 W. Lovell St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Parish Theatre are general seating. We recommend arriving early. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.