Annie Jr – Auditions

Marblehead Little Theatre is excited to announce non-equity auditions for their upcoming production of Annie, Jr.

Music by Charles Strouse   
Lyrics by Martin Charnin  
Book by Thomas Meehan

Produced by Trudi Olivetti and Stanis Ames
Directed by Janet Sheehan
Music Direction by Georgia Bills

For Children ages 11-17 years
Auditions: September 5 at 5:45pm
Call Backs: September 6 at 5:00pm
Rehearsals begin on September 13
Productions Dates are December 7-17
All auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at Marblehead Little Theatre, 12 School Street, Marblehead.
Annie, Jr singing auditions will begin with all actors learning a cut from the score as an ensemble. After rehearsing as an ensemble, each individual will then be asked to sing the cut alone.
All music and instruction will be provided at the audition. There is no need to bring any of your own sheet music to the audition.
Those auditioning should wear comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear and be prepared to move. A dance combination will be taught as part of the audition process.  
Walk-ins will be accepted…registering makes the paperwork go faster.

Character Breakdown

Annie is a complex little girl. She is a tough, streetwise urchin who is nevertheless vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: a newfound “family” who loves her.

The Orphans
Molly, Tessie, July, Duffy, Kate and Pepper. These girls are gritty, neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and potentially lovable. The actors portraying them must be able to have mischievous fun with each other as well as “sibling-style” fights.

Miss Hannigan
This woman is definitely a “has-been.” Her distaste for her job and the children that are part of it should be obvious in every line she speaks, every song she sings and every move she makes.

Grace Farrell
Grace is mature, calm, cool and “together.” She is classy and businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie.

Rooster and Lily are quite the team — “team” being the operative word, as the characters play off each other constantly. Rooster is flashy and self-assured. His “moves” should be as smooth as a gambler’s, as should be the message he sells in “Easy Street.”

Rooster and Lily are quite the team — “team” being the operative word, as the characters play off each other constantly.  Lily (airhead that she is) is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money.

This may be the most challenging role for a student in this age group. He must appear middle-aged, self-assured and confident. At first awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. He begins his transformation when he views “N.Y.C.” through Annie’s eyes and falls in love with the city again…and with her.

Sandy is played by a human in this production. Sandy is Annie’s canine friend and scrappy in her own right. This dog also has to sing.

Servants (Drake, Mrs. Greer and Mrs. Pugh)
From the moment these characters enter the acting area, their presence, posture and speech should suggest the most fastidious of domestic help. Their heads are always held high and they rarely show their emotions.

Additional Characters
The most important qualities to look for in casting the remaining roles are vocal accuracy and the ability to develop a character. Each role is self-explanatory and usually identified by the character’s occupation. Sservants, pedestrians, Bundles, the chauffer, Louis Howe, the apple seller and the dogcatcher. Many a career had been launched by playing an apple seller at age ten!

Based on “Little Orphan Annie” by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.
Annie JR.   
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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