The problem is that illness comes with the territory, especially on a non-union tour crammed with one or two night stops. That's something that the parents really need to think about before agreeing to or even auditioning for a tour like this. And it's just a fact that some people will like a show and actors and others will not. Making excuses for the bad show reviews won't change them, so just let it go. I happen to love Annie, but think that the producers seem to be milking this tour. Kids or not, you are right, the show must go on. I also agree with the poster that said regional theaters will have an easier time getting rights to Annie once it stops touring. I'm more satisfied with a professionally done regional production than a tired tour and I'm sure others would be too.