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Review: Casa's Annie Jr is magical, mesmerizing

What it is: The timeless story of a spunky and spirited orphan set during the Great Depression. Annie escapes from a bleak life at an orphanage to live a life she never dreamed possible, but with lots of shenanigans along the way. 

What kids will like: Annie is magical - there's something about the songs and the story and the acting that mesmerizes even the littlest ones. Before the curtain closed Friday night, the cast encouraged the audience to sing along to one last rendition of "Tomorrow." I think my daughter was the loudest one in the theater.

What parents will like: The casting is phenomenal. Annie, Miss Hannigan and Rooster especially shine. Because the original Annie can be a bit scary at times, I wasn't sure how this production would handle some of the more adult elements (e.g., kidnapping). Verdict: they pulled it off beautifully, carefully editing out certain areas but retaining the most important parts of the story. The length is also just right for kids, running about 1 1/2 hours.

Good to know: Eat before you go, as only snacks and drinks are available.

Get tickets: Annie runs Fridays-Sundays though May 20 at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth. Tickets range from $18.75-$26.00 (including taxes). Find out more at Buy tickets online at