Anwatin Musical

Project Success works hand-in-hand with Anwatin Middle School students to produce and perform their annual school musical. The 2023-2024 production is Annie Jr.

Each year, up to 90 students work in front of and behind the scenes. For nine weeks, students act, dance, and sing in rehearsal with professional artists and work with high quality sound, sets, lighting, and costumes. Students perform at the end of process for their peers, family, friends, and community. The musical experience helps students build confidence, gain new skills, and learn more about themselves and each other through the power of theater.

Any questions regarding the Anwatin Musical can be directed to Katie Langemo, Program Manager – Musicals

Annie Jr.

Featuring Anwatin Middle School actors & technicians

Performance Dates:
Friday May 31st & Saturday June 1st
6:30pm – Auditorium opens for seating
7:00pm – Performance

Anwatin Middle School Auditorium – 256 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55405

General admission tickets for all shows will be available at the school the night of each performance. There are no advance ticket sales or reservations. Tickets are pay what you can with a suggested donation of $5.00 (cash or check). Come watch Project Success middle school students shine on stage!

Participation Information

All Anwatin students are eligible to audition for the cast or apply for the tech crew. We encourage students of all abilities and experiences with musicals to apply! We work to include as many students as possible in the cast and tech crew, but are not able to guarantee a space for every student who auditions or applies. See below for details on these opportunities.

Cast Information

The cast is onstage singing, acting, and dancing in a variety of roles during the show. Parts available include lead roles who have many lines and often musical solos, supporting roles who have some line and generally shorter solos, and ensemble roles who usually sing and dance as a part of a group . All roles are critical to the success of the performance!

Rehearsal Information
Dates: Monday April 8th – Thursday May 30th*
Time: 3:10-5:30pm
Location: Anwatin Auditorium
*Depending on your role, you will be asked to be at rehearsal 2-5 days a week.

Transportation: Transportation options include family pickup and an afterschool bus (available Monday-Thursday) through Anwatin’s Afterschool Program. Project Success can provide rides as needed using volunteer drivers.

Performance Dates
Friday, May 31st – Two school matinees + 7:00pm public performance
Saturday, June 1st – 7:00pm public performance

Production Team
Director: Casey Marie Holmes
Assistant Director: Lindsay Fitzgerald
Music Director: Haley Garland
Choreographer: Alissa Paris
Costume Director: JoEllyn Jolstad
Tech Director: Laina Grendle
Program Manager – Musicals: Katie Langemo
Musical Program Coordinator: Taliah Howze-El

Cast List

Angie Richardson

Eliyah Muhammed

Jacob Johnson

Jalani Hassan

Jen Arana-Najera

Kimberly Jackman

Miika Robertson

Milo Skoglund

Mi’Shon Carothers

Naomi Wright

Olivia Wise

Royce Horne

Ryanna Kramm

Sy’eira Richardson

Tech Crew Information

The tech crew helps with the backstage elements of the musical, such as changing scenery on stage, managing props, and running spotlights.


Tech Crew applications will be available in the Anwatin Main Office in early May.

Tech Rehearsal Dates: Thursday May 23rd – Thursday May 30th

Tech Rehearsal Times: 3:10pm-6:30pm

Performances: Friday May 31st – Two school matinees + 7:00pm performance & Saturday June 1st – 7:00pm performance

History of the Anwatin Musical

Since 1999, Project Success has produced musicals in partnership with Anwatin Middle School. Past productions include:

1998-1999: Guys & Dolls
1999-2000: Annie
2000-2001: Bye Bye Birdie
2001-2002: The Music Man
2002-2003: Joseph
2003-2004: Here’s Where I Stand
2004-2005: Seussical
2005-2006: Little Shop
2006-2007: The Wiz
2007-2008: Here’s Where I Stand
2008-2009: Willy Wonka

2009-2010: High School Musical
2010-2011: Frog & Toad
2011-2012: Dear Edwina
2012-2013: Annie
2013-2014: Beauty & The Beast
2014-2015: Shrek
2015-2016: The Wiz
2016-2017: Charlie Brown
2017-2018: High School Musical
2018-2019: The Lion King

The Lion King
the 2019 annual production presented by Project Success and Anwatin Middle School, took the stage in June with a cast and crew of more than 50 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Learn more about the production:

The Lion King