Auditions for ANNIE
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 3-5 PM
RFA Lakeside Theater
Young people: grades 4 and up, arrive at 3:00
Adults: those auditioning for adult roles, arrive at 4:00
All are invited to an open call for singers / actors /dancers that want to be involved in the RFA’s live theater production of ANNIE. Production dates are TWO WEEKENDS this summer: June 29-July 1, AND July 6-8; shows are at 7 PM except for Sunday, July 8, which is a 2 PM matinee. The RFA is always looking for new talent and roles range from leads to chorus and includes some memorable cameos: TRY SOMETHING NEW!
Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theater hits ever written, including “Tomorrow.”
Song for ANNIE Audition: MAYBE –
Song for ALL OTHER CHILDREN Audition: TOMORROW –
Song for WARBUCKS Audition: SOMETHING WAS MISSING –
Song for HANNIGAN Audition: LITTLE GIRLS –
Song for ALL OTHER ADULTS Audition: TOMORROW/FINALE
If you cannot attend this audition time, please contact Pam Ellis, Director, (207-592-7427) for an alternate audition date PRIOR to this audition date.
ANNIE is a complex, 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. She has to be motherly, independent, overwhelmed, needy, and hopeful for the future. The actor who plays Annie must be extremely strong vocally and musically. She must be capable of vocal projection without strain. Although she is at times aggressive or crafty, the audience should never doubt Annie is a friendly and caring person; she will go to any extent to gain the love of a family to which she can belong.
OLIVER “DADDY” WARBUCKS must appear middle-aged, self-assured and confident. At first awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. The student who plays Warbucks will need to be extremely focused throughout the show. His posture, walk and speech patterns are very important. Capable of showing emotional transformation and maturity. Warbucks is required to sing, although speak-singing is also possible with this role.
GRACE FARRELL – Warbucks’ assistant, is classy, sophisticated, mature, calm, cool and “together.” She is businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. Grace can set herself apart from the other characters simply by the sophisticated way she walks. Grace should seem ready with an answer for just about anything. Each dramatic situation should seem to come “under control” the moment she glides into a scene.
MISS HANNIGAN 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. The person who plays her must have a very strong voice and an excellent sense of comedic timing. The acrid delivery of her lines and the torch-like rendition of her songs must distinguish her from the other characters in the show.
LILY ST. REGIS – A distracted airhead, a bit bumbling, girlfriend to Rooster.
ROOSTER HANNIGAN – Flashy, self-assured, brother to Miss Hannigan. Hardened con-man always looking for a quick buck.
ORPHANS – (Grade 4 and up) These girls are gritty, neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and potentially lovable.
ROOSEVELT – an impersonation of President FDR who sings and has lines.
ENSEMBLE – Great roles abound for singers/dancers and because the numbers don’t overlap – one person could do all! … including the Hooverville singers/dancers, NYC – a big production number needing all ages with chorus/dance and a cameo female vocal solo, Warbuck’s house staff- 4 songs with dance; AND Roosevelt’s Cabinet – men who appear in two scenes in Act II, and many other small speaking parts (Bert Healey, Boylan Sisters, Dog Catcher, street people, etc.)
Those auditioning for lead roles should prepare the song indicated for the role in the attached Audition Packet. ALL – be prepared to learn a short dance and perform it, and to read a variety of parts. Show dates: two weekends – June 29-July 1, and July 6-8.