God Bless Optimistic Orphans

If Pollyanna is so saccharine it makes you sick but Oliver Twist is too much of a bummer, consider the orphan antics of Annie. The spunky little ginger embodies the optimism of Pollyanna amidst the dark neglect of Oliver's world and finds a happy medium. Annie sings her way from one high jink to another and right into the newly thawed heart of her new father figure, the curmudgeonly Daddy Warkbucks. Plus, she has a canine sidekick named Sandy. The award-winning musical is coming to the Stage Door Theatre (8036 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs) Friday through January 29. Showtimes are 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38. For more info or to purchase tickets, call 954-344-7765, or visit stagedoortheatre.com.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 23. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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