Sun comes up on student musical

play review /// ‘Annie Jr’


Students at MATES Elementary School in Thousand Oaks got their theatrical feet wet when the school presented “Annie Jr.,” an abbreviated version of the 1977 musical featuring such memorable Charles Strouse/Martin Charnin earworms as “Tomorrow” and “Hard-Knock Life.”
With its tuneful score, broad comedy and sweet center, “Annie” has proven to be an ideal introduction to musical theater for young performers. Leading the charge for this production was Conejo Valley’s pied piper of the arts, Frank L...

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