Leaping Lizards! Ripon audiences will “stick out their chin and grin and sing ‘Tomorrow! Tomorrow!’” when the Ripon Middle School/Catalyst students perform “Annie Jr.” announced Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International (MTI).

   Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning best musical by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, “Annie Jr.” tells the story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents.

   “‘Annie’ is a heartwarming show with an important message about the true nature of family. In the show, we see how a plucky little girl transforms her entire life by making the most out of every moment,” says Cohen. “MTI would like to applaud the students from the Ripon Middle School/Catalyst for all their hard work on their production.”

   RMS will present “Annie Jr.” Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m and Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at the Ripon High School auditorium.

   Tickets are $3 per adult, $1 for students and free for ages 12 and under; and can be purchased at the door.

   “Annie Jr.” follows the story of an orphan named Annie living a “hard-knock life” at The New York City Municipal Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie dreams of being reunited with her parents and takes action to find them.

   See more photos in the March 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.