Spring Musical Theatre Course: Annie

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Our Musical Theatre course is finally Announced! It is with great excitement that I get to announce our Spring Musical Theatre Course title: Annie Jr.!

Annie Jr. will be an 11 week course- 10 weeks of rehearsal and 1 week in the theatre at the Maja Prentice Theatre.  We thank everyone who shared their input… Shrek is something we may do as a Fall musical. Annie makes sense for the Spring. With having so many talented 9-12 years active in the Liberty Junction Theatre Community, but we also have mature students who could transform into the likes of Miss. Hannigan, Rooster, Grace Farrell and Mr. Warbucks to name a few.  I am also very excited to teach a New York Accent to all the students who register! LJT put on Annie in 2010, and many of our actor who played orphans, and servants have gone on to school at Cawthra, ESA, and our own Emilia DiFazio who played Mrs. Pugh & was in the NYC ensemble number recently earned the role of Mary Poppins in our Fall musical Theatre course performing December 2015.

Musical Theatre Audition dates: Feb 25-27, 2016

I thought I would include some character descriptions so that you can get a sense of the wide range of dazzling and flamboyant roles in this musical for ages 7-18.

Musical Theatre Course: Intensive 1.5 Roles

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Pepper and Duffy in Liberty Junction Theatre’s Annie the Musical, 2010

The Orphans:

Molly, Tessie, July, Duffy, Kate and Pepper and others! These girls are gritty, neglected, vulnerable but loveable.  They must be able to have mischievous fun with each other as well as “sibling-style” fights.  Children auditioning for these roles need to have vocal strength and be visually expressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drake, Cecille, Annette, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer and Grace Farrell welcome Annie in “I think I’m Going To Like It Here”

Drake, Cecille, Annette, Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Pugh

From the moment these characters enter the Warbucks’ mansion, their presence, posture and speech suggest the most fastidious of domestic help. Featured in the number with Annie: “I think I’m going to like it here”. Actors in these roles will also be cast in “NYC”. These actors should be strong vocally and in movement.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

 

 

Star-to-be, President Roosevelt, Bundles McCloskey, Chauffer,

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“NYC” featuring The Star-to-be & the NYC ensemble

Louis Howe, Apple Seller, Bert Healy, Dogcatcher, Policeman & Usherette

These are great character roles that offer speaking parts. These characters will be doubled with other roles. Star-to-be is the main attraction in “NYC” about a young woman who moves to New York City with the hopes of launching her career. This role features a strong vocalist and mover.

 

 

 

 

Musical Theatre Course: Intensive 2 Roles

The Orphans, Annie and Sandy sing "Tomorrow"

The Orphans, Annie and Sandy sing “Tomorrow”

Sandy

Depending on who auditions for this role, Sandy may double as Annie for an understudy role. Sandy is Annie’s canine friend and scrappy in her own right. This loveable dog also has to singing solo and sings with Annie. This character should be a string mover and willing to risk! Gender: Male or Female

 

 

 

 

 

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Rooster and Lily come disguised as Annies birth parents for the reward money

Lily St. Regis & Rooster

Rooster and Lily are constantly scheeming. They play off each other constantly. Rooster is flashy and self-assured. “Easy Street” is the most challenging number in the show, in terms of vocal range. Lily is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money. They con Mr. Warbucks in getting the prize money for being Annie’s parents. Rooster: Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Lily: Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bert Healy introduces Mr. Warbucks on his radio show

Mr. Warbucks

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 as his daughter.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annie, Warbucks, Grace are joined by President Roosevelt and Louis Howe

Grace Farrell

Grace is mature, calm, cool and “together.” She is classy and business-like when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. The student 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. Grace and Warbucks share a fondness for one another.
Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Hannigan arrives to Warbucks mansion

Miss Hannigan arrives to Warbucks mansion

Miss Hannigan

Her distaste for her job and the children is 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 top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annie and Molly sing “Maybe” together, 2010

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 and hopeful for the future. The actor who plays Annie must be strong vocally and musically. She also needs a good understanding of subtext so she can act appropriately during the various scenes between Warbucks and Grace, and Miss Hannigan.

Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: A3

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