ANNIE AUDITION INFORMATION

FOR ADULTS (NON HIGH SCHOOL)

DA COMPANY is seeking actors for their upcoming production of ANNIE THE MUSICAL.  All roles are open to audition. Coming off of two extremely successful summer productions of high quality musical theatre, DACO looks forward to bringing that same excellence to our final 2017 production! This is a musical you can bet your bottom dollar you will love!
We would like a diverse and large cast of kids, teens and adults from all over the metro Detroit area.

 

THERE IS NO PRODUCTION FEE FOR ADULTS WHO ARE CAST IN THE SHOW. 

ABOUT THE SHOW
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. 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!
 
DACO will present ANNIE THE MUSICAL December 14-16, 2017  at Birmingham Groves High School.
Auditions will take place on September 27 & 28, 2017

Callbacks will be held on September 30 and November 1 (if needed) 

SEE ADDITIONAL CALLBACK INFO AT BOTTOM OF PAGE. 

Note: All dates are subject to change. 

While we strive to ensure a positive and time-worthy audition experience, for various reasons we cannot always cast every person who auditions. You will be informed, via email, of your casting status within 10 days of your audition.
 
We will not schedule all performers for all rehearsals. Most performers will only rehearse 2-3 times a week for the first half of our production phase. Rehearsals will increase as we move through the production process.
Projected rehearsal days: Monday; Wednesday; Friday after work hours. Some Saturday Sunday’s –late afternoon. Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Actors can take trips during the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts  on your audition form.

This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!
 
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AUDITION INFORMATION 

 

 

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

To make an appointment please email the following details: 


name: 
phone: 
seeking the following role(s): 
willing to take any role including chorus:  YES OR NO

EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: ANNIE ADULT AUDITION)

You will receive a confirmation email with your exact time and audition location once your request is received and processed.   Please allow several days for a response. Our office is currently closed for summer recess. Our office hours are not traditional full or part-time hours. 

 

Note: The audition will contain a dance portion. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the dance section. 

What to prepare:
1. Please prepare one-full Broadway song that best highlights your range in the style of the show.  

2. Please have your music clearly marked and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back.

3. A professional accompanist will be provided. 

4. A cappella auditions are not an option.

5. Bring a 8x10 headshot/recent photo. You DO NOT need a professional head-shot. A simple pic of yourself is fine. Make sure you are the only one in the picture. Photos are not returned to you. Please write your full name on the back of your 8x10 photo.

6. Parents can wait in our lobby during the auditions.

7. Please NO selections from,"ANNIE" or “HAMILTON”,. Please, no selections from Stephen Sondheim. No POP songs!

8. VERY IMPORTANT: Please plan on performing your musical selection with the same amount of acting with which you rehearse and perform a monologue or scene.

9. Arrive NO MORE THAN 10 minutes before your audition appointment. 

10. PLEASE NOTE: The entire audition process may take approximately 1 -2.5 hours.

REHEARSALS 

 

We will not schedule all performers for all rehearsals.

Most performers will only rehearse 2-3 times a week for the first half of our production phase. Rehearsals will increase as we move through the production process.


Projected rehearsal days: Monday; Wednesday; Friday after work hours . Some Sunday’s –late afternoon.

 

Rehearsal times will vary from one role to another as rehearsals are scheduled around scenes. Therefore, some participants will rehearse more often than other participants. 


ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Technical rehearsals begin December 8, 2017!

On your audition form --you are asked to indicate if you have regular rehearsal conflicts during the week and on weekends.Students can take trips the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips, after school activities, family commitments and sports related conflicts on your audition form.

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to attend dress rehearsal every night of performance week. These rehearsals are vital for everyone in the company.

Technical rehearsals are scheduled for: December 8-Opening Night. ​

ATTENDANCE/CONFLICT POLICY DETAILS
1. We require you to submit all conflicts during the auditions.
2. All conflicts must be handed in by the last night of callbacks.
3. Additional conflicts or new conflicts are considered unexcused absences, and may lead to being dropped from the show.
4. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.
5. Participants may have NO conflicts during technical weeks (the last week of rehearsals before the show opens.)

Our casting policy reflects this goal. When we cast a show, we look deeper than the external image each performer shows us. We recognize the way a person auditions is not always an accurate representation of his or her talent level. For that reason, what we attempt to do in the casting process is to learn a little bit about how each student is wired. We look more at the personality and raw talent in a person than we do at the perfectly prepared few minutes of audition material.

The best shows are the ones with strong talent throughout every member in the cast. 

ANNIE CHARACTERS 

ANNIE
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, independent, overwhelmed, needy and hopeful for the future. The actor who plays Annie must be 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 child; she will go to any extent to gain the love of a family to which she can belong. Vocal Range: Low A to High F with HEALTHY Belt
 
Note: The actor playing this role must have a high tolerance and affection for dogs as well as commit to extra rehearsals to become comfortable with the K9 playing SANDY.

 
GRACE FARRELL
Grace is mature, sophisticated, calm, cool and "together." She is classy and businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. The actor playing 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. Vocal Range: Soprano to High G
 
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 actor 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. Vocal Range: Alto A to D
 
OLIVER WARBUCKS
He is self-assured and confident. At first awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. His posture, walk and speech patterns are very important. Capable of showing emotional transformation. Vocal Range: Baritone to high F
 
LILY ST. REGIS (see Rooster and Lily)
Distracted airhead, a bit bumbling, girlfriend to Rooster. Good singer and actress, moves well. Vocal Range: Soprano to high G
 
ROOSTER HANNIGAN (see Rooster and Lily)
Flashy, self-assured, "bad guy," brother to Miss Hannigan. Good singer and actor, moves well. Vocal Range: Tenor to high G
 
Rooster & Lily
These two are quite the team -- “team” being the operative word, as the characters play off each other constantly. 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 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.
 
ORPHANS
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. All of their blocking and movements must appear motivated and strong.
 
DUFFY - Oldest girl in orphanage Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
JULY- Quietest girl in the orphanage Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
KATE- Young orphan Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
MOLLY - Youngest orphan, strong personality Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
PEPPER - Toughest girl in the orphanage Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
TESSIE - Crybaby of the orphanage Vocal Range: Low A to High F
 
ORPHAN CHORUS - Female singer/dancer/actors Vocal Range: Low A to High F


STAR TO BE - Aspiring Broadway actress, strong belt (Mezzo)
BERT HEALY - Popular radio announcer. Vocal Range: Tenor to F#
JIMMY JOHNSON - Radio personality on Healy's show  
FRED MCCRACKEN - Puppet wrangler of Healy's show
BOYLAN SISTERS - Singing group that back up Healy, strong part singers. Alto, First Soprano, Second Soprano.
BUNDLES MCCLOSKEY - Laundry man that Miss Hannigan flirts with.
HAROLD ICKES - Associate of President Roosevelt. Baritone
PERKINS - Associate of President Roosevelt (Male or Female, Soprano or Baritone.
HULL, MORGANTHAU, LOUIS HOWE - Associates of President Roosevelt, strong part singers. Male or Female, Soprano or Baritone
CECILLE AND ANNETTE - Maids at Warbuck's mansion, singer/dancer/actors
 
This is a LARGE ENSEMBLE SHOW. 
The ensemble in this show plays a CRUCIAL role. There are multiple all company numbers that everyone will be involved with.  In addition, the transitions of this show (mostly all done under music) require a large ensemble.

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