JMS presents ‘Annie JR’

Victoria Gunselman plays the titular character in the Jasper Middle School spring production of Annie, Jr. The play is set to take place this Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 15, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Photos by Matthew Crane.

The Jasper Middle School Performing Arts is set to bring “Annie JR” to life at the Jasper Middle School Auditorium this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

Directed by Mrs. Courtney Heberer as well as student directors Ava Claire Werne and Tali Fleming, the performers will bring the comic book heroine to life in this adaption of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, 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 (played by Arwen McClung). Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks (played by Henry Hostetter).

The show opens Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. and also plays Saturday, April 15, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In a cascading series of mistakes, we identified two of the performers incorrectly in this article. They mistakes have been corrected, and we sincerely apologize for the confusion.

Here are some photos from last Thursday’s dress rehearsal.

Ms. Hannigan’s nefariousness is on full display, as portrayed by Arwen McClung in the JMS Spring Production.
The orphans perform ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’.
Lilly Arvin and Alexa Klee (left) rush a set piece into place between scenes during dress rehearsal last Thursday.
Victoria Gunselman as Annie sings ‘Maybe’ as she anxiously waits to hear if she will be adopted by Warbucks, who is played by Henry Hostetter.
Sixth grader Bentley Best prepares to close the curtain as the scene ends during the dress rehearsal held at JMS last Thursday.
The cast performs the iconic final song, ‘Tomorrow’ as the play closes.
Mrs. Heberer walks the cast through her performance notes after dress rehearsal Thursday.