Theater lovers will have the chance to see a beloved red-headed little girl and a classic Disney movie on stage.
The Center Grove Fine Arts Academy at Center Grove Church will perform “Annie Jr.” and “Mulan Jr.”
“Annie Jr.” will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7; 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7; and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8.
“Mulan Jr.,” will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 and 14; and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.
Mark Landis, communication’s director, tells you what you need to know about the productions.
How did you choose the shows?
Towards the end of our last show, “Music Man Jr.,” which had 100 students in it, the directing team met to discuss our options for the fall. We felt that “Annie Jr.” and “Mulan Jr.” complemented each other well since “Annie Jr.” would use lots of girls and “Mulan Jr.” would use lots of boys. We were planning for continued growth and knew we would need to have around 120-130 spots for students.
How many students are involved?
We were not expecting all 144 slots to fill in 54 hours and to eventually have 176 kids to sign up for auditions. We heard 160 students in auditions and through natural attrition (students deciding not to participate for personal reasons) we have 76 students in “Annie Jr.” and 71 students in “Mulan Jr.”
Describe the rehearsal schedule.
We began rehearsals on Aug. 16 with our read-through and have worked weekly, taking a week off for fall break and Labor Day. When we perform the show we will have rehearsed it for nine weeks.
Why should families see the show?
“Annie Jr.” has a great story of finding where we belong and having a community around us. Our director, Spencer Elliott, has really focused the cast on telling the story well. Parents and kids of all ages will come away with a renewed sense of belonging to a community. We also believe you’ll walk away feeling like you should have paid more for your seats, because it’s not just a “kid” production, but one with high quality and caliber production value.
How much are tickets?
Tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for students in advance.