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ANNIE Auditions – Digital Submissions

Digital Auditions for ANNIE

UPDATED 4/12/2020:  The deadline to submit digital auditions has been extended through Friday, April 17th!

UPDATED 4/7/2020:  Step 4 under “How to Submit Your Digital Audition” has been updated.  We will now be using WeTransfer.com for submissions of video files! 

In an effort to move forward with auditions and the production but to respect Governor Pritzker’s Executive Order to “shelter in place” through April 30th, we have transitioned to DIGITAL AUDITION SUBMISSIONS for ANNIE. 

Please review all of the information provided below.  This is new for Corn Stock so we certainly appreciate your patience as we figure this out together!  If you have any questions that are not covered below, please email [email protected]!

Directed by Mary Ellen Ulrich
Music Direction by Alison Richter-Meuth
Choreography by Peggy Hupp

Performance Dates:  June 19 – 27, 2020
Digital Audition Submissions Accepted: April 6 – 17, 2020 (Extended!)

AUDITION PREPARATION:

Please prepare yourself for the audition by researching the show and characters prior to submitting your audition.

KIDS (age 7-15):
If you are auditioning for a lead orphan (girls only), you are asked to sing “Maybe”, if you are auditioning for orphanage kids, street kids, or Hooverville kids (girls and boys), you asked to sing “Dumb Dog (Sandy).”  You will sing from the beginning of the song through the lyrics “You’re the most presumin’ dog that a human could know.” This should take you right around the :44 mark of the instrumental track.

Kids should learn the choreography to “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”  A video to learn the choreography can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYzC85xqvTY.

ADULTS (age 16+):
Adults must prepare a song from a Broadway show. If possible, please find an instrumental or karaoke track for your audition song.

Adults should learn the choreography to “N. Y. C.” A video to learn the choreography can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc8AlObmZFc.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR DIGITAL AUDITION:

Each digital audition submission should include the following (Please note: Step 4 has been updated as of 4/7/2020!):

    1. Complete the Audition Form, found on Google Forms.
    2. Record one video of your song and vocal range check.
    3. Record a second video of your dance audition (Please save file name as FirstName LastName Dance. (Example: Annie Warbucks Dance)).
    4. (This step was updated on 4/7/2020!) Once you have recorded both videos, please submit your videos, saved with the appropriate file name to www.WeTransfer.com.  You should enter [email protected] in the “Email to” field.
    5. Once you have completed your Audition Form and submitted both of your videos, you are FINISHED!
    6. Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email [email protected]!

The production staff will be in contact if they need to see more from you and callbacks will be held digitally.

PRODUCTION INFORMATION:
Production Dates: June 19 – 27, 2020

Rehearsals will be held Monday – Friday evenings, with some weekends.

SYNOPSIS:
This story based on the comic strip Little Orphan Annie. It is about a little girl being left on the steps of a orphanage in New York City worst are. It takes place during the 1930’s depression. Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who lives in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. This show open in 1977 and ran on Broadway for 6 years. It Revival which opened in 1997 was nominated for Tony awards, and won 7 of the Tony Awards.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: (Ages listed by each character is approximate, but it may vary.)

Lead Roles:

  • Annie: 10-12, scrappy orphan who can melt hearts —-belter, mezzo (A-high F) will color hair or wear wig!
  • Oliver Warbucks: 40-50, warm hearted, stiff billionaire –baritone (C – high F)
  • Miss Hannigan: (35-late 40’s) – mean, drunken head of orphanage –mezzo (A-A flat)
  • Grace Farrell: (20-30’s) beautiful secretary to Warbucks: soprano (A -high G)
  • Rooster Hannigan: Ms. Hannigan no-good brother, baritone (B-high G)
  • Lily St. Regis: Rooster’s floozy girlfriend, soprano (D-high G)
  • FDR: the President, baritone (C flat-E sharp)
  • Drake: Warbucks English Butler baritone

Lead Orphans: 

  • Molly (6,7) littlest orphan (could be a small 8 year old as well)
  • Pepper (12) the toughest oprhan
  • Kate (7-8) young orphan (could be 9, 10, 11,)
  • Duffy (13) the biggest, oldest orphan (could be 14)
  • Tessie (10,11) cry baby orphan
  • July (13) quietest orphan (could be 11,12, 13, or small 14 year old)

Supporting Lead Roles:

  • Mrs. Pugh, Oliver Warbucks cook
  • Mrs. Greer, Oliver Warbucks head housekeeper

Featured Roles: 

  • Bert Healy: Radio Personality
  • Boylan Sisters: Connie, Bonnie, Ronnie Boylan —trio singing sisters Radio stars
  • Star to Be: “Ingenue aspiring actress that has just arrived in New York City
  • Bundles McCloskey: the laundryman (Non-Singing Role)

Supporting Ensemble Roles:

  • Lt. Ward: NYC policeman (Non-Singing Role)
  • Cecile & Annette: French maids in Warbucks mansion
  • FDR Cabinet Members: Cordell Hull, Frances Perkins, Henry Morganthall, Louis Howe, Harold Ickes

Ensemble:

  • Orphans in the Orphanage
  • Street Kids (5th Ave. Gang)
  • Hooverville Kids & Adults
  • Warbucks Staff
  • New Yorkers

PRODUCTION STAFF:
Director: Mary Ellen Ulrich
Music Director: Alison Richter-Meuth
Choreographer: Peggy Hupp
Accompanist: Jarred Kaiser
Props: Theresa Black & Kristin Whitaker
Set Design: Jack Clifford
Set Construction: TBA
Light Design: Wayne Carey
Light Execution: TBA
Costumes: TBA
Production Secretary: Laura Steffey

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