"It's adorable," said Jill Wilhelm, the production's director. "The kids are all enthusiastic, in character, and really, really cute. They've done a great job."
For people whose only knowledge of "Annie" is the title character's bright red dress and hair, the musical tells the story of Annie, a spunky young orphan played in both casts by Rebecca Butler. Annie escapes a cruel orphanage when she's invited to spend Christmas in the home of rich industrialist Oliver Warbucks, played in both casts by Jordan Robbins.
The two bond, but when Warbucks tells Annie he'd like to adopt her, she bursts into tears and says that her greatest dream has always been to find her mother and father.
Warbucks then gets on the radio and promises $50,000 to anyone who can prove they are Annie's parents, which interests two con artists played by Zack Smith and Alexis Smith and Kelsey Snyder in alternating casts. The con artists promptly find the cruel orphanage director in order to get enough information to appear convincing.
When they come to prove their claim, however, Warbucks is suspicious enough of the couple that he has them checked out by the FBI. Once a few arrests are made, Warbucks adopts Annie and everyone has a happy Christmas.
The Belasco Theatre Company, which began in San Fransisco in 1981, is a non-proft children's theater group focusing on teaching ensemble theater.
"Annie" is the first performance of the theater's Layton branch, which started when Wilhelm, part of the original company, moved to Davis County. The cast ranges in age from 5 to 16 except for Jordan Harris, who is in his early 20s.
Those interested in potentially taking part in the company should call 510-8414.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for kids, with $25 family tickets also available upon request. Tickets may be purchased online at tickets.davisarts.org, by phone at 546-8575, or at the gate the evening of a performance.