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CYT's 'Annie' opens this weekend at Mater Dei Catholic High School Patty Chavez | Fri, Feb 15 2013 03:40 PM

One of the most loved family musicals of all time, “Annie,” takes the stage Feb. 15-17 and Feb. 22-24 at the Mater Dei Catholic High School theater in Chula Vista. The production by South County-Christian Youth Theater gives a whole new generation the chance to get to know Little Orphan Annie and her fun-filled adventure through New York City.

The play is about a spunky Depression-era orphan abandoned on the doorstep of a New York orphanage run by mean, bitter Miss Hannigan. But Annie, with her dog Sandy, is determined to find her parents and sets out on an adventure of a lifetime, eventually finding a new home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

This Tony Award-winning musical is about never giving up hope and its musical score — including “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “Tomorrow” —has touched the lives of millions.

More than 80 local youth, ages 8 to 18, make up this talented cast of actors, singers, dancers and technical crew who provide a charged mix of vibrant characters, classic villains and tuneful score that brings this celebrated family show to life.

The accomplished artistic team that includes director Michael Pinning, music director Janie d’Avignon and choreographer Ashley Melton combine to produce a hilarious yet heartwarming musical complete with some of Broadway’s most memorable scores and, of course, the adorable dog Sandy. 

The cast features 11-year-old Mikaela Villalpando from Halecrest Elementary School as Annie; Joshua Powers, 16, of  Bonita Vista High School as Oliver Warbucks; Ariella Kvashny, 13, of Rancho Del Rey Middle School as Grace Farrel; Amy Wawryznski, 16, of San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts as Miss Hannigan; Corwin Batchman, 13, of Hilltop Middle School as Rooster Hannigan; Madelin Chavez, 15, of Otay Ranch High School as Lily St. Regis; Sofia Gurrola, 8, of St. Therese Academy as Molly; Rachel Herrera, 13, of Eastlake Middle School as Pepper; Emma Riley, 12, of Trinity Christian as Duffy; Caroline Shields, 9, of Arroyo Vista Charter as July; Annie Holley, 10, of Coronado Village as Tessie; and Hannah Shields, 9 of Arroyo Vista Charter as Kate.

Mater Dei Catholic High School is located at 1615 Mater Dei Drive. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

All seats are reserved and ticket prices are $12 ($15 at the door). For tickets visit www.cytsandiego.org.

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