ANNIE JR Kicks off YST’s 2019-2020 Season at Fremont Centre Theatre

Young Stars Theatre begins fall with Membership production of “Annie Jr.”

The irrepressible redhead is back at YST in one of the world’s best-loved, award-winning musicals!

Annie and the orphans sing Watch Out For The Other Woman in Annie Warbucks at YST

After a busy and successful summer of producing 4 summer camps and 4 shows back to back, YST starts off their 2019-2020 season with the popular story of Annie, the 1930’s orphan who just won’t give up.

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This production is the annual YST Membership production, which means that the technical positions are filled by the youth members of YST, including directing, musical directing, choreography, costuming, etc., all under the guidance of their adult YST mentors.  “Our membership show is always special to us,” says Jack Bennett, YST Artistic Director. “This is about the 10th year that we’ve done this, and it is always exciting to see our kids grow and mature as they take these reins for themselves. Of course, they make mistakes, but then we get to guide them and help them learn from those mistakes. We think the experience helps to make them stronger performers as well.”

In the musical, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Will Annie foil Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations and find a new home?

PHOTO: Jack Bennett | | Sophia Corral as Donkey in YST’s Shrek Jr. on stage at Fremont Centre Theatre

The title role is played by YST regulars Riley Barone in one cast (recently seen as Lefou in Beauty and the Beast), and Sophia Corral in the other (most recently seen as Donkey in Shrek Jr), and they partner with Jack Wisinski (Prince Hans in Frozen Jr.), and Brayden Nguyen as Daddy Warbucks.  The casts are rounded out with familiar faces Sorsha Khitikian and Annie Sawran as the mean Miss Hannigan, plenty of lovable orphans, Sandy the dog, and lots of other colorful characters.  Songs like “Tomorrow”, “Hard Knock Life”, “NYC” and more make Annie a show that warms almost anyone’s heart.

“Annie Jr.” opens October 4th, and runs four weekends for a total of 16 performances.  For tickets and more info about YST, head over to