Music Theatre of Connecticut School of the Performing Arts will present its production of the musical "Annie" at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, at Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court.

"Annie" is based on the Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and stage play by Thomas Meehan. Its songs "Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard-Knock Life" are its most popular pieces, the Music Theatre said in a newss release.

"Annie" had its world premiere in 1976 at Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. The original Broadway production opened at the Alvin Theatre on 1977 and won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, the release states. It ran for nearly six years on Broadway, spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours and a pair of film versions.

The school's fully-staged and costumed production will be performed by its students, ages 7 and up, including Georgia Wright of Westport as Annie, and directed by school co-founder Jim Schilling, with musical direction and choreography by Marty Bongfeldt, the release states. Credits also include costume design is by Diane Vanderkroef, set design by Eric Zobeck and stage management by Deb Levy.

Molly Perling is serving as assistant to the director, while animal trainer William Berloni is providing animal training and dog "Sandy."

Tickets are $30 and $25 for adults and $25 and $20 for students. Reservations are suggested.

For tickets and information, call the school at 203-454-3883 or visit