Annie Jr. (Grades 3-5) Westwood Charter (Payments) SOLD OUT!

$280.00 / month for 2 months

This program is now sold out. Contact Julie@upstageschools.com to be put on our waitlist!

All students in 3rd through 5th grade are welcome to join our after-school theatre program beginning Wednesday, September 11th or Friday, September 13th, 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: Wednesdays from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm starting September 11th, 2019 through Saturday, March 28th 2020 OR Fridays from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm starting September 13th, 2019 through Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Wednesday Cast Performances – Friday, March 27th 5pm Call Time 6:30pm Show, and Saturday, March 28th 3 pm Call 4pm Show. Cast members will also participate in school shows on Thursday, March 26th between 8 am and 12 pm (your child will be asked to arrive at school by 7:15 am)

Friday Cast Performances – Thursday, March 26th 5pm Call Time 6:30pm Show and Saturday, March 28th 12 pm Call 1pm Show. Cast members will also participate in school shows on Friday, March 27th between 8 am and 12 pm (your child will be asked to arrive at school by 7:15 am)

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Description

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.

All students in 3rd through 5th grade at Westwood Charter Elementary are welcome to join our after-school play production class on Wednesday’s or Friday’s. The class introduces theatre vocabulary and technique through interactive theatre games and scene practice, as well as music and dance taught by professionals. The experience will include a fully realized final production with professionally designed sets, costumes, lights, sound and props. The teachers are highly qualified with many aggregate years of experience in children’s theatre. Each child is encouraged to fully participate and is considered an integral part in our final production. Please check the production dates below, as we expect every child to be present for all performances.

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. DVD of the final Production is included in tuition. Some partial scholarships are available. Eligibility based on child’s free/reduced lunch status. Please email Julie Bank prior to the first day of class.

Class Day Preference: Both classes full.

Additional information

Class Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Class Times

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00pm OR Fridays 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm — beginning September 11th OR September 13th

No Classes

November 27th, November 29th (Thanksgiving), December 21st – January 12th (Winter Break)

Extra Classes

The following classes will be extended for an extra one hour (Class time will be 3.00-6.00 pm): March 18th, 20th

Tuesday, March 24th: Dress Rehearsal Friday Cast 2-5 pm— (Note this is not a regularly scheduled day)
Wednesday, April 3rd: Dress Rehearsal Wednesday Cast 3-6 pm

Performance Dates

**The show weekend dates are solid, however show times may change for each cast based on the discretion of the Upstage Staff

Wednesday Cast: Thursday, March 26th at 6 pm AND Saturday, March 28th at 1 pm
Friday Cast: Friday, March 27th at 6:30 pm AND Saturday, March 28th at 4 pm

Cast members will also participate in school shows on Thursday, March 26th and Friday, March 27th between 8 am and 12 pm (your child may be asked to arrive at school by 7:15 am on one of those days)

Performance Location

Main Auditorium, Westwood Charter Elementary, 2050 Selby Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

Payment Terms

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability

2 part payments available over the span of 2 months. Please note your part payment will start when you register, and will continue for the following month

Program Location

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

Sara Cravens : Director

Sara Cravens

Director

Sara is a comedic actress who grew up in Tennessee playing in trash cans for fun. Sara rose up quickly in the video game world, voicing Power Girl in Injustice 2, Boom Bloom in Skylanders and characters in Agents of Mayhem, Batman Arkham Knight, Star Wars Uprising as fan favorite Deathstick, and Halo 5. She has voiced 100s of commercials, including Nike, Nissan, Taco Bell, Target, McDonalds, BevMo, CVS, Diet Dr Pepper, Wells Fargo, Google, Honda, and you can hear her on TripTank on Comedy Central, Harriet Wolf in Monster High, Emma Stone's voicematch in The Croods, and Princess Maribel in The Snow King 2. Anime crowds love her as Sachiko in Erased and the Child Emperor in One Punch Man. Sara is a co-founder of The Harmony Series, a series of women's empowerment events encouraging women to find and embrace their authentic voice. She loves children and has created kid's improv programs for schools and theaters all over Los Angeles. She is thrilled to be a director with Upstage, and it is her absolute joy to see the young kids blow their audiences away. Sara loves yoga, country music, and makes the best from-scratch buttermilk biscuits you've ever tasted.

Meghann Lucas : Choreographer

Meghann Lucas

Choreographer

A Boston native who's been dancing since she was three, Meghann studied Dance and Theatre at both Hofstra and Jacksonville Universities. She has been teaching dance for the past 9 years in both the New England and Los Angeles areas. She has performed with local dance and theatre companies and most notably in the hybrid dance-theater company, Thrance.

Currently, she is a preschool dance teacher at Temple Isaiah Preschool in addition to owning her own dance company for the past six years, Kickstart Dance, located in West LA. She had her choreography debut with the Upstage Production of Peter Pan JR. this summer! She couldn't be happier teaching kids... and dancing!

Miranda Wynne : Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne

Director and Production Manager

Miranda Wynne graduated from UC, San Diego with a Bachelors in Theatre and a minor in communications. She performs in theatres all around Los Angeles and recently received a nomination for Best Lead Performance by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Previously, Miranda has had the pleasure of being a teaching artist for La Jolla Playhouse’s Young Performers Workshop and as the Performing Arts Specialist at Fun Under the Sun Day Camp for a number of years. Miranda is also a substitute teacher for LAUSD during the year!

Miranda@upstageschools.com

Gabriel Oliva : Musical Director

Gabriel Oliva

Musical Director

Not the average Spaniard, Gabriel grew up half in San Diego, and half in Seville, Spain. His first words were a "me gusta" followed shortly by "juice". After being confused for a short while (so he's told) he decided to stick to English primarily. He still speaks Spanish regularly to his family across the sea who still have a hard time believing "El Pollo Loco" is a restaurant.

Gabriel attended the USC School of Theatre and quickly transitioned into professional acting and singing after graduating with honors. Growing up with two opera-singing parents, he has an in-depth knowledge of singing technique. Gabriel’s music education continued and expanded through 10 years of performing in the barbershop group The Dapper Dans at Disneyland Resort.  His musical experience aided his transition into the world of voice-over. You can hear Gabriel’s voice in “Star Wars: Rogue One”, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and several episodes of Disney Channel’s “Elena of Avalor”.

Cancellations before the end of the second week will receive a refund (less $100 handling fee). No refunds after the second week, however, fees can be applied toward another program or camp subject to availability

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