The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ANNIE JR.

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Diana Hutchinson as Annie. Photo by Mikki Schaffner.

A beloved musical about a plucky orphan, determined to find a family

CINCINNATI:  The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is pleased to present ANNIE JR. at the Taft Theatre February 29-March 9, 2020.

Based on the popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie,” and featuring classic songs like “Tomorrow,” and “NYC,” ANNIE JR. is a heartwarming story for the entire family.

Leapin’ Lizards! America’s most charming orphan is back and spunkier than ever! With equal measures of pluck and positivity, Annie charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in the “hoovervilles” of 1930s New York. She is determined to find her parents, who abandoned her eleven years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the callous Miss Hannigan. With the help the other girls in the orphanage, Annie sings and dances her way through an unforgettable Big Apple adventure, finding a new family along the way.

Book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols, originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Icarus Productions. Based on “Little Orphan Annie”® by permission of The Tribune Content Agency, LLC.  The show will be directed and choreographed by Eric Byrd, Associate Artistic Director of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

Showtimes for ANNIE JR. include:

  • Saturday, February 29 at 2 PM* (this performance is signed for the hearing impaired)
  • Sunday, March 1 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Friday, March 6 at 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 7 at 2 PM and 5 PM
  • Sunday, March 8 at 11 AM (Sensory-Friendly performance) and 2 PM

All of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s Broadway-style MainStage productions, including ANNIE JR., are performed in the historic Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati. Tickets start at $10 and are available through

School performances of ANNIE JR. will be held March 3-6 and March 9, 2020 during the daytime hours.  For details about how to purchase tickets to TCT’s school performances, visit

A special sensory-friendly performance will take place on March 8.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of ANNIE JR. is made possible by the generosity of Production Sponsors: Martha S. Lindner on behalf of Back2Back Ministries, and Chemed; Season Sponsors H.B., E. W. and F. R. Luther Foundation and the Charles H. Dater Foundation; and ArtsWave and the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign.  The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.  Media sponsors are LOCAL 12 and Q102.  Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is TCT’s Ticket Envelope Season Sponsor.  First Watch: The Daytime Café is TCT’s Crown Club Sponsor. 


  • Katie Arber…Miss Hannigan
  • David Armando…Bundles/Bert Healy
  • Cammi Caldwell…Annette, u/s Star-To-Be
  • Sara Cox…Mrs. Greer, u/s Grace
  • Celia Joy D’Ascenzo…Molly
  • Marlo D’Ascenzo…Kate, u/s Annie
  • Isabela De Paz…Susie
  • Lauren Everett…Grace
  • Trinity G. Gibson…Duffy
  • Justin Glaser…Oliver Warbucks
  • Courtney Hammonds…Pepper
  • Tommi Harsch…Lily
  • Alyssa Hart…Tessie
  • Ndaya Hoskins…Ensemble, u/s Annette, Cecille
  • Diana Hutchinson…Annie
  • Kyndra Dyanne Jefferies…Apple Seller, Mrs. Pugh, u/s Miss Hannigan
  • Julia J. Kirkham…July
  • Ethan Kuchta…Ensemble, u/s Howe
  • Katelyn Moore …Ensemble, u/s Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer
  • Sara Moore…Ensemble, Servant & Orphan Swing
  • Claire Northcut…Star-To-Be
  • Dain Alan Paige…Drake, u/s Warbucks
  • Nasir Peterson…Ensemble, u/s Bundles
  • Jeremiah Plessinger…Rooster
  • Sammy Schechter…Ensemble, u/s Rooster
  • Mark Ross Schutzman…Ensemble, u/s Ward
  • Kate Stark…Cecille, u/s Lily
  • Jake Stibbe…Ensemble, u/s Drake
  • Nyla Jolie Thomas…Zeldy
  • CJ Zimmer…Ensemble, u/s Dog Catcher

1 Comment

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One response to “The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Presents ANNIE JR.

  1. Donald

    I’m so excited about the new direction TCT is taking with this production. The casting of this new face playing lead. Love the picture and her smile is contagious. I hope the show and the cast perform to the highest of excellence.


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