Leapin' Lizards! Youth Actors to Leap Onto Stage for Studio 3-Limelight Performing Arts' ANNIE JR.

The Valley's best and brightest youth actors will leap onto stage at Mesa Arts Center in December for "Annie Jr.," a junior version of one of the world's most beloved musicals.

Produced by Gilbert's Studio 3 Performing Arts in partnership with Limelight Performing Arts, kids from across the East Valley and greater Phoenix auditioned for the show. In fact, with more than 100 performers ages 4-18 vying for a part, the directors double- and even triple-cast many featured roles.

"We were completely blown away by all of the talent," said Emma England, owner of Studio 3 and artistic director of "Annie Jr." "While we are committed to producing the best possible show, we're also passionate about providing opportunities and encouragement for as many young actors as possible."

More than 60 performers fill out the show's red, green and blue casts, and all will have a turn to portray the story of the plucky, courageous 11-year-old named Annie. Set in Depression-era New York City, America's favorite orphan and her dog, Sandy, thwart Miss Hannigan's wicked machinations and find a new home with Daddy Warbucks. "Annie Jr." includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "You're Never Fully Dressed" and "Tomorrow."

Performances are scheduled at the Mesa Arts Center Nesbitt/Elliot Playhouse from Dec. 14-20. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase at mesaartscenter.com, keyword "Annie Jr.," or by calling the MAC box office at (480) 644-6500. Group discounts are also available.

For more information, visit limelightyouththeater.org or call (480) 545-1492.

Additional Information About Studio 3

Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy is committed to helping youth achieve their dreams. They offer performing arts classes in dance, drama, voice, music, and encourage students to become well rounded performers. They also develop confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and other life skills that will benefit them for many years to come.

All of Studio 3's programs are centered around modest costumes and choreography and a family-friendly appeal. It is these values that make our students and parents proud to call Studio 3 home.

To schedule private auditions for Studio 3 productions and performing groups, visit studio3arts.com or email info@studio3arts.com for information.

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