Annie JR

Damascus Theatre Company announces DTC Kids auditions for ANNIE JR

Auditions: Mon January 7 & Wed January 9, 6:30pm-9:00pm, at Clearspring Elementary School, 9930 Moyer Road, Damascus
Sat January 12, 1:00-4:00pm at Damascus Library, 9701 Main Street, Damascus
Callbacks (if needed): 
Sun January 13 (Location and Time TBD). 
You will be notified if you need to attend Callbacks. 

Tentative Show Dates: April 12-14, 2019 at Damascus United Methodist Church. 

We ask that you prepare 16-bars of a song in the musical theater style (no pop/rock music) and bring a current photo. Children will be asked to read from the script and learn a dance combination. Bring sheet music, preferably in a 3-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided.

Casting children 3rd through 12th grades, ages 8-18.
Please email with your name, age, phone number, and the day and time which you’d like to audition. You won’t hear back from us unless there is a problem.

Note to parents: There is a fee of $250 per child, if cast. The fee includes a family membership to DTC, a show t-shirt, and helps with production expenses. Parents will be expected to assist with production needs.

Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure.

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. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

With plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles as well as ensemble parts for orphans, servants and tourists, Annie JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels.

Character Descriptions:

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. She has to be motherly in scene one, independent in scene two, overwhelmed in scenes four and five, needy in scene seven, and hopeful for the future in scenes ten and eleven. The actor who plays Annie must be strong vocally and musically. 

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. Each student should be able to create and shape her own character. Children auditioning for these roles need to have vocal strength and be visually expressive. 

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. The student who plays her must have an excellent sense of comic 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.

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 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.” 

Lily (airhead that she is) is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money. She never acts as the leader, always bringing up the rear while tripping over her own feet.

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. The student who plays Warbucks will need to be extremely focused throughout the show. His posture, walk and speech patterns are very important. 

In this production, Sandy is played by a human. 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. (Your actors will have fun perfecting the precision steps, nods and curtsies.) Their heads are always held high and they rarely show their emotions. These roles are not difficult to sing, and creative students will have many opportunities to create charming characters of various ages.

Additional Characters
Students that are more comfortable performing in groups (without solo singing) might be cast as servants, pedestrians, Bundles, the chauffer, Louis Howe, the apple seller and the dogcatcher. 

Annie JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.