Auditions for “Annie” at Westchester Playhouse

Kentwood Players announces auditions for the musical “Annie” based on the popular comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. Saturday, September 11 will be auditions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for children and 2 to 4 p.m. for adults.  Sunday, September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m for everyone, and callbacks will be  held on Monday, September 13 at the Westchester Playhouse located at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 15. The production is directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth and produced by Shirley Hatton. “Annie” will sing and dance its way onto the Westchester Playhouse stage November 5 to December 11, 2010 with performances on Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm.

The director requests that auditioners prepare 32 bars of a song either from the show or from a traditional musical. Please bring your headshot, resume, and appointment calendar with you to the auditions. Advance appointments are not necessary. Those auditioning will be asked to read from provided script sides, and dancers will be asked to learn a short dance routine. If you have any questions, contact Shirley Hatton at scandc@aol.com.

The following is the cast breakdown:

· Daddy Warbucks: wealthy, warm-hearted, stiff collared businessman–40’s to 50’s — baritone

· Annie: spunky, sharp and full of hope. A big belter — one of the orphans –10-11 yrs. old — mezzo-soprano. Must be comfortable with dogs. The character of Annie will have an understudy who will be given one performance based upon agreed upon date to be determined.

· Miss Hannigan: brazen, scheming and pessimistic. Cantankerous orphanage director — 30’s to 50’s –mezzo-sop.

· Grace Farrell: attractive and elegant. Faithful assistant to Warbucks –late 20’s to 30’s — soprano. Able to sing and move well.

· Rooster: dodgy and slick. Hannigan’s no-good brother –20’s to 30’s — baritone. Able to sing and dance well.

· Lily St. Regis: Pretty, bubbly and dim-witted. Rooster’s floozy girlfriend –20’s to early 30’s — soprano. Able to dance and sing well.

· Franklin D. Roosevelt: President of the United States — 50’s to 60’s — baritone.

· Orphans: (must all be strong singers with great stage presence and move well)

* Molly — littlest orphan –6 years old
* Kate — next to littlest — 7 years old
* Tessie — cry-baby orphan — 10 years old
* Pepper — toughest orphan — 12 years old
* July — quietest orphan –13 years old
* Duffy — biggest orphan — 13 years old

Ensemble: Members of the ensemble will be playing multiple roles taken from the following:

Bundles (laundry man), Apple Seller, Dog Catchers, Lt. Ward, Hooverville denizens,

Servants: Drake (Warbuck’s butler), Ceceille and Annette (maids), Mrs. Greer (housekeeper), Mrs. Pugh (cook),

Star to be, NYC ensemble, Bert Healy, Boylan Sisters, Jimmy Johnson, and

Roosevelt Cabinet members: Frances Perkins, Cordell Hull, Harold Ickes, Henry Moganthau, Louis Howe, and Justice Brandeis

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current productions, upcoming auditions, and our Kentwood Kids Children’s Theatre Classes, please visit the Kentwood Players website at www.kentwoodplayers.org. And you can also sign up and be a Kentwood Players friend on Facebook and My Space.

To meet the “Annie” production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm at the Westchester Playhouse located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

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