Young players announce ANNIE, AMERICAN IDIOT and WILLY WONKA for the upcoming 2022-23 season

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The Young Players Second Stage program will kick off the three-show season with rock musical Green Day’s American Idiot.

Green Day’s powerful album comes to life in this electric rock musical. This high-octane show includes all the songs from the American Idiot album, plus several songs from its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

This musical is a high-energy rock opera with little dialogue, relying instead on lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the script! American Idiot is directed by Justin Pike and music directed by Christian Waldron. It will open on January 5, 2023 and run until January 15, 2023.

In March 2023, Young Players will have Annie, Jr. The irrepressible comic book heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s most beloved and award-winning musicals. Adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead on her very first adventure. . Little orphan Annie will charm everyone’s heart in this beloved musical! Annie, Jr. takes place March 9-12, 2023 and is directed by Lauren Lisowe, with musical direction by Heidi McCartney.

Rounding out next summer’s lineup, Young Players Center Stage will feature Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir in a golden ticket adventure – Willy Wonka, Jr. Willy Wonka’s delicious chocolate factory adventures come to life in this fantastical tale. It’s a deliciously sumptuous musical that will delight foodies everywhere. Catch Willy Wonka, Jr. in Summer 2023 July 13-16, directed by Mason Newberry.

Young Players are a youth group and part of the Royal Players, located in the historic Royal Theater at 111 South Market Street, Benton, AR 72015.