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Rippowam and Scofield students to present Annie Jr.

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Take a trip through Annie’s hard-knock life as she goes on a journey to find her biological parents and her true identity.

Rippowam and Scofield students in grades 6-8 are participating in the school’s spring musical. The student cast and crew consist of those who have participated in prior school productions, as well as many who have joined for the first time.

Set in a New York City Orphanage during the Great Depression, all Annie and the orphans have ever dreamed about is the chance to meet their real parents and leave the brutal orphanage, including their monstrous caretaker, Miss Aggie Hannigan. For the last ten (or more) years, Annie and the orphans have lived nothing but a hard-knock life; always empty-bellied, having to cry themselves to sleep, and scrubbing the orphanage “until it shines like the top of the Chrysler Building,” as Miss Hannigan would put it. Just as it seems that Annie and the orphans have no chances of ever leaving the orphanage, Grace Farrell arrives. Grace is the private secretary to Oliver Warbucks, the millionaire, and was sent by him to invite one of the orphans to spend Christmas at his mansion. Convinced by Annie’s outgoing and lovable personality, Grace chooses Annie.

At the mansion, Warbucks’ servants and maids welcome Annie. Contrary to what Annie expected, Grace reassures her that she is a guest and will “not have to pick up any clothes!” Annie is then greeted by Mr. Warbucks, who is not pleased that she’s a girl rather then a boy. Nonetheless, Warbucks overlooks this and within a week, he’s so enamored that he declares he wants to adopt her. After Warbucks tells Annie about his plans, she thanks him for his kindness but tells him that she wants to hold out in the hopes that her real parents are coming. So Warbucks, with his White House connections, gets the F.B.I to track down Annie’s parents. Over the radio, Warbucks announces that he will be offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who can prove they are legitimately Annie’s parents. Upon hearing this, Ms.Hannigan, along with her no-good brother Rooster Hannigan and girlfriend Lily St.Regis, scheme up a plan to get the money. Then…we’ll you’ll have to come and see what happens to Annie and the orphans in the end!

Lauren Blank, well-known Director in Fairfield County, directs the cast in this twist on the classic tale and Broadway Hit. Annie Jr. is sure to delight audiences of all ages and will have you singing for many “Tomorrows” to come.

There will be three performances, one on Friday, May 30th at 7:30p and two on Saturday, May 31st at 2pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at General admission tickets are Adults - $15, Students/Seniors - $10 and Patron Reserved Seats - $25. All performances will be held at Rippowam International Baccalaureate Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford.

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