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Annie steps on stage for all

Annie steps on stage for all
Photo credit Grosse Pointe Theatre

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching with holiday spirit. The Grosse Pointe Theatre is putting on the production of Annie Jr performed at Pierce Middle School’s Auditorium on Dec. 15-17.

The preparation began in August when kids signed up for the program.

“Fifty seven kids are involved in the play, with more signed up,” Alexa Baxt, the Assistant Director said. “We make sure that every kid has a part, so the kids that won’t be on stage, will work backstage.”

Annie Jr. is a shortened version of the original Annie. The musical is 80 minutes, but will still include many of the iconic songs and dance numbers. To prepare for the show, weekly rehearsals are being held.

“Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, all of the kids and directors come together to rehearse,” Baxt said. “I’ve enjoyed directing a lot.”

The performance is also offering a sensory show on Dec. 16 with lower lights and less sounds. This is ideal for sensitive people, as they are trying to be inclusive for all.

“This experience will be great, especially with the new addition of Sandy—a real dog for the stage,” Alexa Baxt said.

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