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'Annie Jr.' shines on Old Gem stage

The Old Gem Theater's Young Performers Ensemble presents "Annie Jr." on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.

Based on the classic comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, "Annie Jr." tells the story of orphans trying to make it in Depression-era New York City.

Surrounded by colorful characters, Annie is dropped into the lap of luxury in a millionaire's mansion and works her way into everyone's heart. "Annie Jr." is a condensed version of the Broadway smash hit "Annie" and features all the favorite tunes from that show, including "It's a Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," and "Tomorrow."

The all-student cast of "Annie Jr." features: Ravyn Swanson, Lily Deschene, Melanie Greeley, Sean Pazdera, Kinsey Novotne, Talia Ficociello all of New Richmond and Megan Prax and Cally Meixner of Somerset.

Long-time Old Gem Company Member, Virginia Haggart directs the cast.

"It has been such a joy to work with these young actors," said Haggart. "Most of them get to play multiple characters and it is so fun to see them grow as performers."

Tickets are $11 for adults and $9 for students and seniors.

Call 715-246-3285 or 800-886-8035 for ticket reservations or more information. For upcoming attractions and information about classes visit their Web site at

The Old Gem is located at 116 S. Knowles Ave., New Richmond. The Old Gem is handicapped accessible.

Upcoming shows at the Old Gem include:

• Hunting Widows Comedy Night, Friday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m.

• Mary Mack's Annual Holiday Fiasco Comedy Show, Saturday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m.

• The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (theater for youth). Weekday matinees for groups Dec. 1-18. Public Performances: Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m.