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Audition Notice for Prince William Little Theatre’s Production of “ANNIE”

Prince William Little Theatre is holding auditions for their first production of the 2019-2020 Season with a charming theater experience for the entire family: ANNIE! With book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, this family-friendly Broadway classic has inspired audiences to never give up hope. ANNIE is produced by arrangement with MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL.

 

SHOW SYNOPSIS:

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, feature some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow,” “Little Girls,” and “Easy Street.”

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

PRODUCTION TEAM
Producer/Director: Melissa Jo York-Tilley
Assistant Director/Vocal Director: Christine Maxted
Music Director: James Maxted
Choreographer: Melanie McGuin
Stage Manager: Mary Ann Hall
Lighting Design: Ken and Patti Crowley
Costume Designer: Kathy Dunlap
Lead Properties Designer: Kelsey Moran
Hair & Make-up Design: Melissa Jo York-Tilley
Set Design: James Maxted

AUDITION DATES

**Auditionees need only attend ONE of the scheduled audition dates.

-Saturday April 6, 2019 11 am – 2pm. This date if for ages 15 & under only – NO ADULTS.
-Monday April 8, 2019 7-9 pm (open to all ages)
-Tuesday April 9, 2019 7-9 pm (open to all ages)

CALLBACKS
Saturday April 13, 2019 11 am – 2 pm (Callbacks by invitation only)

PERFORMANCES

  • July 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • July 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • July 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • July 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm
  • July 25, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • July 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • July 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm *Tentative Sensory-Friendly performance
  • July 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • July 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

AUDITION AND PERFORMANCE LOCATION:
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

AUDITION DETAILS:
Auditions will take place at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in the Lovey Lounge, located upstairs past the art gallery – Please enter through the main entrance of the building and proceed up the stairs to the right.

AUDITION INFORMATION

  • All roles are open, and newcomers are always welcomed
  • We practice color blind casting. All ages, abilities, gender, and ethnicities are encouraged to participate. PWLT requires an excellent attitude and willingness to experience and try new things. Adults must be comfortable around and willing to work with children and animals
  • A full-sized dog will perform and rehearse in this show. If you or your child has a fear of, or allergy, to dogs, please do not audition
  • Actors are asked to arrive to sign in within the first hour of the audition start time if possible, and please be prepared to stay the entire time if necessary

What to bring:

  • Each Auditionee must complete an audition form and conflict information. Forms will also be available at the check-in table. Please bring your personal calendar for this information. The rehearsal schedule will be created based on conflicts. All conflicts listed on the audition form are considered final and cannot be changed
  • Bring a Resume & Headshot if you have one (not required)

What to do: the audition consists of an individual vocal audition, cold reading, and a small group dance.

  • Individual vocal audition: 16 to 32 bars of a prepared song (NOT from this show) that displays your best range and vocal ability. The selection does not have to be from musical theatre. No acapella singing.
    • Please bring sheet music in the correct key with clear markings for the accompanist. You may also bring an instrumental backing track in CD form or digital Bluetooth.
    • An accompanist, CD player, and Bluetooth speaker will be provided.
  • Cold reading:
    • Auditionees do not need to prepare a monologue. A cold reading will be provided.
  • Small group dance
    • Auditionees should be prepared to move – dress in comfortable clothing and wear proper footwear for dancing. No sandals or flip flops allowed.
    • Small group dance will be taught and performed – you DO NOT need to prepare a dance routine of your own.

Callbacks

  • Individuals who are invited to call backs will be notified via phone call, email, or text (whichever preferred method that is indicated on their audition form).
  • Callbacks consist of cold readings from the script and songs from the show.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS:

(Orphan actresses should appear within this age range but not necessarily the exact age posted below):

  • Annie – A street-wise orphan; she is eventually taken in by Oliver Warbucks. Spunky, friendly, big-voiced. Age: 8-12 (Mezzo-Soprano, Vocal range: A3-G5)
  • Oliver Warbucks – A successful businessman with a warm heart. Rich, stiff-collared, bullish. Age: 40 to 55 (Baritone, Vocal range: B3-Gb4)
  • Grace Farrell – Faithful secretary to Mr. Oliver Warbucks. Poised, sweet, gentle. Age: 20 to 35 (Soprano, Vocal range: Bb3-G5)
  • Orphans – The other girls in the orphanage with Annie. These girls are gritty, neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and potentially loveable. All orphans will need to be strong dancers and good performers. Ages: 6 to 15 (Mezzo-Soprano, Vocal Range: A3-F5). Named roles include:
  • Molly (6-8) – The smallest of the orphans
  • Kate (9-11) – The second smallest orphan
  • Tessie (10-12) – A cry baby
  • Pepper (11-13) – The toughest orphan
  • July (13-15) – The quietest orphan
  • Duffy (13-15) – The biggest of the orphans
  • Miss Aggie Hannigan – The orphanage matron who hates children but is fond of liquor. Very disillusioned, bitter, and cold. Age: 30 to 45 (Alto, Vocal range: A3-F5)
  • Rooster Hannigan – Miss Hannigan’s no-good brother looking for a quick buck. A sleazy, slick con man. Age: 25 to 35 (Baritenor, Vocal range: B2-G4)
  • Lily St. Regis – Rooster’s girlfriend, who is also out for a quick buck. She is considered a floozy and bimbo. Age: 20 to 30 (Soprano, Vocal range: B3-G5)
  • Bert Healy – The ultimate radio personality. He helps Annie by broadcasting about the search for her birth parents. Also in ensemble. Age: 30 to 45 (Tenor, Vocal range: E3-G4)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt – The 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat and friend of Warbucks. Also in ensemble. Age: 40 to 60 (Baritone, Vocal range: Eb2-F4)
  • Boylan Sisters – Singing group that backs up Healy, strong part singers. Also in ensemble. Ages: 20s to 40s (Alto, First Soprano, Second Soprano)
  • Ensemble – All minor roles will come from the Ensemble. Ensemble will all have multiple parts. Need to have strong vocal, acting and dance abilities. Ages: 16+; Vocal ranges – Any. Servants (Drake, Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Pugh, Annette, Cecille), Cabinet Members, Hooverville Citizens.

Prince William Little Theatre is a volunteer organization. All parts are volunteer (unpaid) and no parts have been pre-cast.

Rehearsals will take place 3 – 4 times a week in Manassas, VA

MONETARY OBLIGATION

If cast in this production, you will be required to have a current PWLT membership ($15 annually for the 2019-2020 season). In addition, a production fee of $25 to be collected at the first read thru.

 

AUDITION FORMS

The audition form will be available for download at www.PWLT.org if you wish to fill it out before the audition.

 

EXPECTATIONS IF CAST

You will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsals.  Rehearsals are generally 2 – 3 days during the weekday evenings and Saturday most of the day beginning in April. You will be expected to learn your lines, blocking and choreography by the deadlines set forth by the production team. You will be expected to be courteous and respectful to all fellow casemates, the production team and any other people you encounter through PWLT rehearsal & performance venues. You will be required to provide your own approved footwear and undergarments.

The weekend before the show opens is the beginning of tech week and Saturday and Sunday are generally 8 – 12-hour days. All actors are required to participate in Strike after the last performance.

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