Annie Jr.! SPEF’s 5th Grade Musical Coming February 9-11

The beloved 5th grade musical tradition continues with a lively production of Annie Jr.

PHOTO: Eric Hilger | | 5th graders rehearsing for the big musical, Annie Jr., on stage at South Pasadena High School February 9th-11th

South Pasadena Educational Foundation and Upstage Theatre Schools present the South Pasadena Unified School District production of Annie, Jr., coming at you at the high school February 9th through the 11th.

Over the years, the 5th grade musical has become a rite of passage for students at all three South Pasadena elementary schools and something the whole community looks forward to. It is a unique opportunity for the 5th graders to collaborate with students across all three campuses and form relationships that will see them through to their transition to middle school.

PHOTO: Eric Hilger | | 5th graders get into character as they prepare for the big 5th grade musical, Annie Jr., taking place at South Pasadena High School auditorium February 9th, 10th & 11th.

For the past few months, the 5th graders have been learning their lines and practicing choreography in anticipation of the big performance weekend. Surely every South Pasadenan has seen the festive Annie Jr. posters papering the windows of local businesses all over town and if so, well now is the time to get those tickets! They are on sale now at the SPEF office, at all three elementary schools or from the SPHS Auditorium Box Office on the performance weekend.

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Parent Rob Clyde says “one can’t help see the amazing metaphor that Annie can be for a 5th grader ready to embark on a brand new life in middle school. Just don’t tell them which life is the “Hardknocks” one!”

The musical is a self-sustaining event thanks to the hours of volunteering, and of course great ticket sales, so please spread the word! Call your friends and come out together to support the 5th Grade Musical.  Proceeds from ticket sales go directly back to students of South Pasadena. 
PHOTO: Eric Hilger | | The orphans hiding Annie in the laundry basket in a scene from Annie Jr. being performed by 5th graders from all three elementary schools on February 9th-11th at SPHS
Fifth grade students from all three elementary schools will perform the popular musical at the South Pasadena High School Auditorium on Friday, February 9th at 7:30pm, Saturday, February 10th at 4:00pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, February 11th at 2:30pm.  General Admission tickets are $10.

The annual Fifth Grade Musical production is a South Pasadena tradition that brings together students in collaboration on one big, entertaining event.

This year’s production of Annie, Jr. will follow in the tradition of showcasing the many key elements of collaboration between SPEF and the SPUSD, including afterschool enrichment, hometown volunteerism, and a commitment to the arts.

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