Middle School Musicals

USJ students perform Annie, Jr.

Students from grades six through nine performed Annie Jr. on May 3 and May 4.

Annie Jr. is an adaptation for young performers of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical that was based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray. Musical numbers include the world famous song “Tomorrow.”

Contact Dr. Grant at drgrant@usjbruins.org for more information.

View a slideshow of the media tour

View a slideshow of rehearsal





Cast of Characters

Annie Lili Mahalati
The Orphans Molly - Jenna Box
  Pepper - Phoebe Larkins
  Duffy - Megan Everson
  Kate - Ashlee Dunn
  Tessie - Gabrielle Evans
  July - Linsey Riggins
  Chelsea Bada
  Savannah Tabor
  Brooke Baldwin
  Channing Sellers
  Hope Smith
  Emily Hailey
Miss Hannigan Ashlee Allison
Bundles McCloskey Jake Booher
Apple Seller Ethan Schlegel
Dog Catcher Xavier Hawkins
Sandy Nicole New
Lt. Ward Nick Zerfoss
Grace Farrell Abbie Vaughn
Drake Trent Baldwin
Cecille Brylee Whitsitt
Annette Nicole New
Mrs. Greer Macy Scott
Mrs. Pugh Madison Maroney
Oliver Warbucks Harrison Hamm
Star-To-Be Sarah Frix
Man in Brownstone Window TBD
Usherette Jillian Crenshaw
Radio Announcer Holeh Heydari
Rooster Hannigan Keaton Miller
Lily St. Regis Meg Howell
Sound Effects Man Brylee Whitsitt
Bert Healy Ethan Baskin
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jake Booher
Louis Howe Vincent Stanfill
Policeman Xavier Hawkins

Libby Basham, Reagan Carney, Taylor Cates, Jillian Crenshaw, Jada Greer, Holey Heydari, Sydney Lofton, Anna Miller, Meg Miller, Lisa Naji, Abby Porter, Ethan Schlegel, Sydney Sellers, Mckenna Smith, Savannah Spencer, Sarah Sullivan, Abby Wheeler, Katie Wilson, Ethan Baskin, and Xavier Hawkins.

USJ presents Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr.

USJ Middle School students will perform Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. on May 5 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Blankenship Theatre.

In the production, the classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. The musical retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective.

It features the beloved classic songs “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner and master melodist Stephen Schwartz. Themes in the music tackle timely issues about what it means to be the perfect child – and what it means to be a real father.

Join the Blue Fairy and her Fairies in Training, along with Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family.

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. is a magical mix of heartwarming fairy tale and action-packed adventure. Audiences will love following Pinocchio's journey from an awkward wooden puppet to a real live boy and will be charmed by Geppetto's transformation from demanding creator to real live father.
The cast of more than 50 talented USJ Middle School students is led by Chandler Haynes as Geppetto, Ashlee Dunn as the Blue Fairy, and Tyler Bruno as Pinocchio.

Students perform Willy Wonka Junior

Sixth through ninth grade students performed Willy Wonka Junior, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book about a candy man seeking an heir.

The Middle School musical, which was performed in September, had two casts so more students could be involved.

University School of Jackson presents Once Upon a Mattress

USJ Middle School students performed an adaption of Once Upon a Mattress on May 7 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Blankenship Theatre.

The popular musical is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Its original production in 1959 marked the Broadway debut of future entertainment legend Carol Burnett in the role of Princess Winnifred.

The Little Mermaid, Jr.

The Middle School's fall musical was Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. The timeless love story of Ariel, the mermaid, and Prince Eric was presented September 15-17.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. was under the direction of Dr. Tammy Grant and presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International of New York City.

Productions such as Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. are made possible through the support of USJ Arts Guild Corporate Sponsors and Patrons including Platinum Partners, West Tennessee ENT Clinic: Dr. and Mrs. Karl Studtmann; Krasner Pawn & Jewelry; Plastic Surgery Center of Jackson: Dr. Marshall Yellen; BancorpSouth; Printco; and the Evans Clinic (Huntingdon): Drs. Paul & Pam Evans, Drs. John & Nancy Caterina, Dr. Jerry Atkins.