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The program is full and we no longer accepting students.


A professional theatrical experience is waiting for your student! We are so proud to collaborate with the Cultural Center of the Arts and ArtsinStark to bring a full-length, all-youth production of ANNIE to the MAINSTAGE! 

Students will immerse themselves in the musical theatre experience through work on music, acting techniques, and choreography as we mount a full production of ANNIE on the Cultural Center Main Stage. Your children will work with a team of professional teaching artists who value their time with your children, and work hard to create a community of inclusion, empathy, respect, and creativity.  Every child shines at New Direction Performing Arts Academy. We recognize each student's individual theatre journey and create a safe space for them to continue to grow and learn. 

Please enroll today to secure your child’s spot!  

We want to make this opportunity as accessible as possible for ANY child who wants to be a part of this production! For that reason, we will be offering scholarships to those families who qualify. 

Course Fee:

  • $300 per student 

  • Scholarships Available - Please CLICK HERE for scholarship application.

Annie Production Team

Director - Carrie Alexander Spina

Assistant Director/Music Director - Lisa Knight

Assistant Director/Stage Manager - Taylor Bond

Co-Choreographer - Molly Weidig

Co-Choreographer - Katy Russell


Participation Requirements: Due to the nature of the rehearsal process, it is important that we only accept those students with previous musical theatre experience--this is a musical theatre intensive program, not a fundamentals of theatre workshop. Students must have participated in a fundamental theatre class, theatrical productions, drama workshops, or dance training in order to participate, unless otherwise approved by the Executive Director based on experience. All students must be age 8 or older.



AUDITIONS: Sunday, September 4, 1-5PM

REHEARSALS: September 5-November 6

Sundays, 2-5PM, Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-8:00PM

TECH WEEK (mandatory): November 5-10, times TBA

PERFORMANCES: November 11-13, 18-20 (six shows total)


Location:    Cultural Center for the Arts MAIN STAGE

1001 Market Ave North, Canton, Ohio 44705

How to Enroll:   

CLICK HERE to download enrollment form


CLICK HERE to register and secure your spot online TODAY!


Please contact Carrie at or (330) 391-1604

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