‘Annie Jr.’ opens Friday at Pulse Opera House

Grace Dimond plays the title character in “Annie Jr.,” which opens Feb. 28 at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren. Photo provided.

Comic strip heroine Little Orphan Annie takes center stage in "Annie Jr.," opening Feb. 28 at the Pulse Opera House, in Warren.

The title character, played by Grace Dimond, charms everyone she meets as she searches for her parents, who abandoned her years earlier on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the embittered Miss Hannigan.

The 36-member cast includes youth ages 5 to 18 from Warren, Huntington, Bluffton, Poneto, LaFontaine, Sweetser and Wabash.

The musical, set in Depression-era New York City, is part of the MTI Broadway Junior collection, which features author-approved versions of classical musicals designed specifically for the attention spans of younger people and schools.

The Pulse will present two days of daytime performances specifically for area schools. So far, students from Andrews, Huntington Catholic, Lincoln, Salamonie, Southern Wells and Wabash schools plan to attend.

Regular performances are on Feb. 28, March 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15. The lobby opens at 7 p.m., doors to the theater open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Anyone who brings a non-perishable item for the food pantry will receive a discount on an adult ticket.

For reservations, visit www.pulseoperahouse.org or call 375-7017.

The theater is located at 127-1/2 Wayne St., Warren.