Annie Jr. (ages 5-14) Spring Junior Program (Payments)

All students ages 5-14 are welcome to join our after-school theatre program beginning Tuesday, January 7th, featuring a production of the musical Annie Jr. This program is designed to teach kids theatre skills while working on the three elements of musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting. The program will culminate in a fully realized show complete with professionally designed costumes, lights, and sets.

Dates: Tuesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm beginning on January 7th

Location: The Woman’s Club of So. Pasadena 1424 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Performances: Friday, May 1st at 5:30 pm & Saturday, May 2nd at 11:00 am

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Based on the popular comic strip and 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 in her very first adventure.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

This program has been developed for ages 5 to 14 years old. Rehearsals start Tuesday, January 7th and will take place every Tuesday from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, culminating with two performances at the Women’s Club of So. Pasadena on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd 2020.

Price includes a script, and downloads of the musical tracks to practice with at home. We provide costumes and props that will live at the theatre and be used in performances. Tickets are sold separately through a link provided by Upstage in the weeks prior to performances. A downloadable video link of the performance is included in tuition.

Additional information

Class/Performance Location

Woman's Club of So. Pasadena – 1424 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Class Times

Tuesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

No Class

March 31st (Spring Break)

Extra/Extended Classes

April 28th Extended 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
April 30th Added 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Performance Dates

Friday, May 1st 3:30 pm Call Time, 5:30 pm Performance
Saturday, May 2nd 9:30 am Call Time, 11:00 am Performance followed by a cast party

Payment Terms

Fees must be paid in full or via payment plan to reserve a place. Cancellations before the start of the program will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after commencement, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability. This applies to payment plans as well

Sibling discount available upon request

How We Cast

Casting is based on ensemble approach with lead roles being split and chorus parts emphasized. Casting is based on challenging the student and at the same time allowing them to succeed

Production Team

Patrick Hallahan : Director

Patrick Hallahan


Patrick Hallahan has been a teacher and director since age sixteen. Working for the non-profit group Children's Theatre Network of California, Patrick worked on dozens of classic musicals (everything from "Music Man" and "My Fair Lady" to "West Side Story" and "Into the Woods") to put himself through college. After graduating from UCLA's School of Theatre, Film, and Television with a BA in theatre, Patrick was accepted to The Juilliard Drama Division, where he graduated in '00.

Patrick worked as an actor in New York for six years before moving to southern california to continue to teach, direct, and act closer to his family and friends. Since returning to California, he has worked for the Metropolitan Arts (MET2) group, Arts Northridge, AMDA in Hollywood, and the Southern California Musical Theatre, directing productions, running workshops and classes, and staging showcases for graduating conservatory students. He ultimately hopes to return to school within the next few years to get an MFA in Directing for the stage.

Patrick’s productions for Upstage include the summer camp shows "Oh Mamma Mia", "High School Musical 2" and "Into the Woods Jnr"; and the after-school productions of "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Singin’ in the Rain". Recently he completed a successful summer directing "Cats" and "Once On This Island Jnr".

Debra Lee : Musical Director

Debra Lee

Musical Director

Debra Kay Lee has been singing in choirs since she was nine years old. She went on to study music at CSUN and toured Europe with John Alexander and the University Singers. Debra has had the pleasure of teaching music and theatre to children since 2006 under the expert tutelage of Adrian Neil. She has worked on productions such as "Annie", "High School Musical 1 & 2", "Guys and Dolls", "Little Shop of Horrors", and "Into The Woods Jr".

Debra has appeared on Good Morning America singing with The Caroling Company. As a comedian she opened for Jerry Seinfeld at the Hollywood Improv and for Suzanne Edwards at the Country Music Radio Festival in Nashville. Some of her favorite roles have been Svetlana in "Chess", Yucca in "My Cup Ranneth Over" and Bobbi Lynn in "The All Star Radio Broadcast of 1939". Her T.V. and film credits include "Capitol", "Days of Our Lives", the indie film "Lost" and the web series "Nora Breaks Free". Her theatre roles include Mrs. Fezziwiz in "Marley’s Xmas", Diedre in "Richard’s Cork Leg" and Enid in "A Chorus of Disapproval".

Debra loves teaching at Upstage Schools and seeing the amazing growth and joy that the kids experience from their participation in the program.

Alison Smith : Choreographer

Alison Smith


Alison has been a professional dancer and actress for 25 years here in Southern California. She has been in numerous plays, musicals, television productions, industrials and has been lucky enough to travel the world with her talents. She grew up on the stage dancing, transitioned into film and television in her 20’s, learned make-up artistry in her 30’s and has worked as co-owner in a successful photography business as well. Alison has taught dance as a guest artist throughout many studios from Kansas City to Southern California. Her love for dance and choreography has continued even as she has settled down in South Pasadena to raise her 3 young children. She continues to teach dance at local studios, audition commercially and is involved in the School district directing productions, State recognized Show Choirs and has also implemented a dance program within the elementary schools. She also shares her talents as a Teaching Artist for Disney Musicals in Schools. Alison feels at her best when she is inspiring kids and people through dance and expression and is thrilled to be part of The Upstage Team.

Fees must be paid in full or via payment plan to reserve a place. Cancellations before the start of the program will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after commencement, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability.

Three part payments available over the span of three months. Please note your part payment will start when you register, and will continue for those following two months.

Sibling discount available upon request

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