Local residents to perform in ‘Annie, Jr: Believe in Tomorrow’ at Lyceum Theatre

The highly acclaimed California Youth Conservatory (CYC) Theatre, three-time winner of the San Diego A-List Award for “Best Theatre Group”, and recent recipient of the prestigious Bravo San Diego Award for “Best Musical” for its summer production of Les Misérables, will present “Annie, Jr: Believe in Tomorrow” at the Lyceum Theatre in San Diego from Jan. 10 through Jan. 25. Five Del Mar/Carmel Valley/Solana Beach residents are in the cast.

This family-fun, timeless musical features a mix of young adult professional caliber actors, and some of San Diego’s most talented young performers, led by an all-pro artistic staff. The production is spearheaded by the award-winning actor/director, Shaun T. Evans, wellknown to San Diego audiences for his trendsetting and barraising productions.

Annie Jr. is based on one of the most successful Broadway musicals of all time, Annie. The main difference is that this title is performed by a cast of actors who are 18 years old or younger. “Little Orphan Annie” and her adventures begin in the orphanage in 1930s New York City under the grungy supervision of the notsonice Miss Hannigan (played by CYC star Sara Ah Sing, the phenomenal talent last seen as “Audrey” in CYC’s award-winning production of Little Shop of Horrors and as “Eponine” in CYC’s megaproduction of Les Miz) and winds up in the care of the billionaire Daddy Warbucks (played by ‘Mr. Golden Pipes’ himself, CYC Choral Director and voice coach, Benjamin Read). The lovely “Grace Farrel” is played by the equally lovely Meghan McKenzie, the award-winning soprano who recently won accolades for her performance as “Lily” in CYC’s recent production of The Secret Garden and as “Cosette” in CYC’s acclaimed production of Les Miz.

CYC is pleased to have a local celebrity on its stage again as “Rooster Hannigan.” Young Austyn Myers, the local kid turned Broadway and Hollywood star, is a longtime CYC Theatre Associate Artist, but has also appeared in principal roles at all of San Diego’s best professional theatres. He was “Gavroche” in the Broadway National Tour and Broadway revival of Les Miz, and also appeared alongside Eddie Murphy as “Josh,” the kid who saves the world in the Eddie Murphy comedy Meet Dave.

Finally, the lead role of “Annie” is shared by two of San Diego’s very best young up-and-coming actresses, Natalie Marrewa and Claire Sheper. These two young actresses are simply dynamite, and bring a level of believability and charm to the role that is truly a treat for the audience.

The Lyceum Theatre is located in Horton Plaza, 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, 92101.

For tickets and more information, visit or call 619-944-7574.