ANNIE AUDITION INFORMATION

                      FOR YOUTH & TEENS AGES 7-18 IE AUDITION 

AUDITION INFORMATION

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.

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  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.

 

Students currently in elementary, middle and high school are eligible to 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 school. Some Saturday morning’s and 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.

Students can take trips during the production phase. Please indicate all conflicts including trips, afterschool activities, sports, etc. on your audition form.

 

FEE: $200 for students selected for the production.  

No fee to audition.

See additional tuition and production details below. 

This program is perfectly designed for newcomers and seasoned performers!

 

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD TO STUDENTS

WHO MAY HAVE AN INTEREST IN AUDITIONING!! 

PRODUCTION

 INFORMATION

There is tuition and additional production related fees for youth and teens who are currently in elementary, middle or high school. See details below.

 

Tuition Fee: Participants in elementary, middle or high school, who are cast, will pay a $200 production fee.

 

Tuition is non-refundable/non-transferable. 100% of these fees are put towards the cost of the production. All shows and final rehearsals are mandatory.

Costume Fee. Participants in elementary, middle or high school--Rented or custom made costumes are not fully covered by the production fee. Participants will pay a nominal fee to help cover the rental, creation and/or purchase of costume items. Prices will vary depending on size and number of roles.

ADDITIONAL FEES (most are optional): 

Merchandise (cast t-shirts/sweatpants/bags, etc.)

Cast Retreat (not optional)

Show tickets

Field trips

Costume accessories/shoes/wigs/leotards/tights (not optional); 

Cast Party. 

These and other ancillary costs are not included in the tuition fee.

Parent Volunteer Hours are REQUIRED for all parents with children currently in elementary, middle or high school.

After casting, you may indicate your parent work assignment preference, but assignments are made based on production needs. The strike is scheduled immediately following the final production.

Children of parents who fail to volunteer for both a pre-production duty and show duty will be dismissed from the cast. Tuition is non-refundable.

Audition & Rehearsal Location: Primarily our Bloomfield Hills studio. 

AUDITION 

 INFORMATION

Advance sign up for auditions is required.

To make an appointment please email the following details: 
name: 
age: 
current grade (17/18yr): 
school: 
phone: 
parental contact information (INCLUDING EMAIL): 
seeking the following role(s): 
willing to take any role including chorus:  YES OR NO

EMAIL:  dacodetroit@hotmail.com (SUBJECT: ANNIE 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 or Disney 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",  "Les Miserables”, “HAMILTON”, "WICKED”. 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.

11. ADVICE: Please do not wait until the last minute to order your music online and/or from a local store. It often takes a couple of weeks for shipping. Also, we strongly suggest practicing/reviewing your sheet music with a pianist before your audition. Do not assume the CD/Radio version of your song is the same as your sheet music. Hearing the sheet music version of a song for the first time during an actual audition will not allow you to perform at your best!!

12. Online Sheet Music Resources: JW Pepper Music online;www.sheetmusicplus.com; www.amazon.com
 

REHEARSAL & CASTING POLICY

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 afterschool. Some Saturday morning’s and 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.
3a. If a performer is forced to withdraw because of too many conflicts, no tuition will be refunded.
4. We accept one unexcused absences and we do keep track of unexcused absences. 
5. We reserve the right to not cast a participant if that person has an excessive number of conflicts.
6. 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. Every student will receive the same hands-on, detailed instruction and opportunities to learn, whether they are a lead or a chorus member.

Will you accept any role? We plan to cast as many performers as we possibly can, but we anticipate a high turnout for auditions. Clearly, with a large turnout, only a couple of people out of dozens will get the role they want. However, the ensemble/chorus roles are just as important to the show as the leads are. This is especially true here at DACO, as we like to feature every performer as much as possible. 

Please understand that it is very difficult to cast a show, and it becomes even harder if people drop out after casting. It is important that we know up front whether you are fully committed to doing this show and making it the spectacular success we know it can be. If you will only accept a particular role, we need to know that up front. It would not be fair to anybody if we gave you a different (but still significant) lead role, and you chose to drop out.

It is the policy of DACO that if an actor auditions for a show (agrees to take any role including ensemble) and is cast, they must accept the role they are given. If the actor chooses not to participate in the production following the cast list being announced, they may NOT audition for another show for 1 year.

That actor will also NOT be considered for a principle role in the next production they audition. In addition, this action may be considered in future casting decisions and any written references.

Not only is dropping a show unprofessional, it is disrespectful to the directors, cast members, and above all to the craft of theatre itself.

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.

About Audition Callbacks
Receiving a Callback does not guarantee a part in the show, 
nor does not being called back mean you didn't get a part.


Callbacks are usually a minimum of 3 hours and can last up to 6 hours.
 


IMPORTANT: IF YOU RECEIVE A CALLBACK--YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE CALL BACK SESSION. FLEXIBILITY & PATIENCE ARE A MUST DURING OUR CALLBACK SESSION. IF YOU RECEIVE A CALLBACK AND ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND--WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE A SEPARATE CALL BACK TIME FOR YOU.


AUDITION - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are actor’s paid? No. We are an educational arts community.

Do I need to memorize a monologue? No.

Can my parents watch my audition? No. Parents are welcome to accompany you before and after the audition. There will be a place for them to wait while you are in your audition.

What should I wear? An audition is much like a job interview, except in this interview you might be asked to dance or sing! You should try to look professional and bring an extra set of more comfortable clothes and shoes if you know there will be a choreography portion of the audition.

Will I have to audition in front of anyone else who is auditioning? Sometimes, yes. If asked to do a cold reading, you may be asked to read with other people for the scene.

What is a callback? The "callback" is a second (sometimes third, fourth or fifth) audition where the selection process becomes more specific. At a callback you will be asked to read additional scenes from the show, prepare music from the score, and learn additional dance combinations. The callback is also an opportunity for the director to see and hear different combinations of actors.

What if I am not called back? Not being called back doesn't always mean that you aren't being cast in the show. Sometimes a callback is needed for a director to look at the way specific groups of people fit together.

What if I can’t make all rehearsals? When you audition we ask that you mark any date that you can't rehearse and turn it back in with your form. We are often able to work around the availability of the actors we cast. Sometimes the availability of an actor is the final deciding factor in casting. Always be honest about your availability.
How will I know if I am cast in the show? If you are cast in the show you will receive a phone call or email no later than two weeks after the audition. Please do not call, email or use social media to ask whether you have been cast or not.

 

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