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West Middle School Bets Their Bottom Dollar on This Week's 'Annie Jr.'

Even Sandy the dog is ready for the stage.

The sun will come out tomorrow for more than 100 West Middle School students, who have been busy preparing for this week's production of Annie Jr.

The show, performed on stage at Rochester High School, stars seventh-grader Shelby Stimpson as Annie, the red-headed orphan who leaves her "Hard Knock Life" to live with Daddy Warbucks and crew in a dream-like mansion. (Shelby had her hair colored and permed for the role.)

Rochester Patch got a sneak preview of the performance Tuesday night; see the accompanying video for a peek.

Directed by Tara Hammen, the show coincides with the 30th anniversary of the movie Annie and the 35th anniversary of the show's opening on Broadway.

“We all have struggles and hard times in life and it is up to us to figure out how we will choose to handle what comes our way," Hammen said. "Annie reminds us to keep hoping and dreaming of a better tomorrow.”

A special preview show geared toward elementary school students and their families is Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; tickets are available at the door. 

The show runs Thursday through Saturday, though Friday night's performance is sold out. Tickets for the 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday shows are $5 for students and $8 for adults; tickets can be purchased at West between 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. through Friday or at the RHS box office starting one hour before the show.

ajdsfdvhno January 11, 2013 at 02:34 AM
The production of west middle school Annie was truly wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Joe Pater January 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Saw the show Thursday night and was extremely impressed by these talented kids.
Bill Mitchell January 11, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Thanks for your post and the video (next best thing to being there for far-flung grandparents)...
Bill Mitchell January 11, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Why add this extraneous box? (probably serves to discourage registration)
Tracy Shanley January 11, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Can't wait to see it tonight! My talented niece Shannon is in the production!
Kurz January 12, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Took my 7 year old daughter to see it, we were super Impressed by these kids! The show was so well done and entertaining. The kid actors and crew were inspiring, they should be so proud of their hard work and talent.

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