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Upcoming Audition

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ANNIE

Book by 
THOMAS MEEHAN

Music by

CHARLES STROUSE

Lyrics by 

MARTIN CHARNIN 
Original Broadway Production Directed by

MARTIN CHARNIN 
Based on "Little Orphan Annie"®

ANNIE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTI.shows

Directed by Alyssa White

Music Directed by Christina Littlejohn

Audition Dates:

Thursday, August 1, 2024 6-8pm

Friday, August 2, 2024 6-8pm

Please do not sign up for more than one date.

Video Audition Dates:

Video auditions are being accepted for this production. All video auditions must be sent in to ltgastonia@gmail.com by 6pm on August 1, 2024 to be considered.

Production Dates:

Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: September 20-29, 2024

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

This show requires 20+ actors of all genders, race, identity, capability, and/or experience. 

Age Range: Children, Tweens, Teens, Young Adults, Adults, Seniors

 

WHAT TO BRING: 

Headshot: Required. Headshot must be at least a 4x6 printed photograph. The headshot does not need to be professionally done, but should include the full face and current hairstyle of the performer with no filters. 

Resume: Preferred, if available.

Monologue: Not required for this production. Cold reads will be available at the time of auditions

Dance: Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes to learn a dance combination.

Music: Please prepare one of the songs from the show, noted below. There will be a speaker with the instrumental track accompaniment provided. Feel free to sing whichever song you’d like (it does not have to be the character you are auditioning for in order for you to be considered!) Other audition songs will not be considered

  • "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" (Annie)

  • "Little Girls" (Miss Hannigan)

  • "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (Grace)

  • "Easy Street" (Rooster)

  • "Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" (Bert Healy)

  • "N.Y.C." (Star-to-Be)

AVAILABLE ROLES & CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS: 

All roles are available to be cast. ANNIE, Mezzo-Soprano Belter, to play 11 years old: A tough yet charming streetwise orphan. Annie is independent, hopeful, and full of life; she acts as a leader/mother figure to the other orphans and yearns for parents of her own. Looking for a strong singer and smart actress who can carry the energy of the show. OLIVER WARBUCKS, Bari-tenor, to play 30-50: Warbucks is a highly successful businessman who made a fortune as an industrialist in World War I. Should be confident, intimidating, and a bit stiff. At first, he is unsure and awkward around Annie, but warms up to her and eventually learns to love her as a father. Should have a smooth legit voice, falsetto a plus. GRACE FARRELL, Soprano, to play 25-40: Oliver Warbucks’s secretary; she is poised, sophisticated and savvy, yet gentle and warm. Acts as a welcoming motherly figure to Annie, and is able to access Warbucks’s gentler side. MISS HANNIGAN, Alto Belter, to play 35-55: The disillusioned, bitter, and cruel matron of the orphanage. Her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers. Looking for a larger-than-life comedic character actress with a strong belt to match. ROOSTER HANNIGAN, Tenor, to play 25-40: The flashy, self-assured con-man of a brother to Miss Hannigan. He poses as Annie’s father in order to claim a cash reward. Should be a great mover and have excellent comedic chemistry with the actress playing Lily. New York accent a plus. LILY ST. REGIS, Soprano, to play 20-30: Rooster’s sleazy, airheaded girlfriend. She poses as Annie’s mother in order to claim a cash reward. She should be a great mover; seductive, ditzy, and annoying, all at the same time. Should have excellent comedic chemistry with the actor playing Rooster. Squeaky-voiced New Jersey accent a plus. ORPHANS, Any voice type, to play ages 7-14: The orphans are gritty, neglected kids, who are at the same time honest and lovable. They act like siblings, looking out for each other but also fighting each other constantly. Each actor should be able to shape their own specific character. We are looking for strong, expressive singers who can also dance well. The named orphans include: MOLLY, age 6-7: The littlest orphan, she latches onto Annie for love and protection. KATE, age 7: The second youngest orphan after Molly. TESSIE, age 10: The crybaby of the orphanage; must have a loud, whiny voice. JULY, age 12: The sweetest, quietest orphan. PEPPER, age 12: The toughest orphan, always getting into fights. DUFFY, age 13: The oldest orphan, usually forced to help Annie break up the fights. ENSEMBLE, All genders, All voice types, all ages: Excellent singer/dancer/actors to play various roles around New York City in the 1930’s, including street vendors, homeless people, tourists, newsboys, pickpockets, street cleaners, Broadway ushers, news reporters, and more. They will also appear as Warbucks’s staff who take care of his mansion. Featured ensemble roles include: PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Male, to play 50-65: Should be an actor who can convincingly pass as FDR, has a bit of solo singing and speaking lines. STAR-TO-BE, Mezzo-Soprano Belter, to play 18-25: Featured soloist in “NYC”, the Star-To- Be is a young actress who recently moved to New York City to become a Broadway star. BERT HEALY, Tenor, to play 20-40: A classic 1930’s radio announcer, with solo singing in “Never Fully Dressed”. Should be able to change vocal quality or accents to create different radio characters. BOYLAN SISTERS, Females, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano, to play 18-30: A trio of 1930’s radio singers, should be able to hold close harmonies. DRAKE, Male, any voice type, to play 20-45: Warbucks’s butler. British or Trans-Atlantic accent a plus. LIEUTENANT OFFICER WARD, Any voice type, to play 30-45: The policeman who questions Annie about Sandy. Must be comfortable with dogs. BUNDLES, Male, any voice type, to play 30-55: The laundryman who collects laundry from the orphanage. He is friendly to the kids, but avoids Miss Hannigan’s romantic advances. APPLE SELLER, Any gender, any voice type, 18+: A homeless person who sells apples on the streets of New York. MRS. GREER, MRS. PUGH, AND CECILLE, Any voice type, 18+: Maidservants who work at the Warbucks mansion. ICKES, PERKINS, HULL, MORGANTHAU, AND HOWE, Any voice types, to play 30-55: Members of President Roosevelt’s cabinet. JUDGE BRANDEIS, To play 50-55: Attorney & associate justice of the Supreme Court who is hired to help Warbucks legally adopt Annie.

Please sign up before coming to the audition. The sign up form may have additional information not outlined above.

Please arrive at the theater 10-15 minutes prior to your audition time in order to fill out your audition paperwork. Children under the age of 18 require a parent or legal guardian to sign their audition form before they are allowed to audition.

Audition Questions? Check out our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As part of Little Theater of Gastonia's mission of offering highly quality, pre-professional productions that showcases and spotlights all parts of our diverse community within Greater Gaston County and surrounding areas, we strive to be transparent with all of our audition calls for upcoming productions.

Our volunteer production staff always outlines requirements and expectations of each individual audition in advance. All of our auditions are open call and never pre-cast, unless explicitly stated beforehand. We encourage all community members regardless of age, race, gender, orientation, capability, and/or experience to audition in any and all appropriate productions. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO AUDITION?

Little Theater of Gastonia does not charge any type of audition fee, casting fee, or any other type of participation fee for any mainstage productions. The only costs that associate with our mainstage productions would be voluntary with very few exceptions such as: 1. SCRIPT FEES: any production that has rented materials does require a $50 script fee. This fee is held until the rented material is returned and then that fee is released back to the performer (or parent of the performer if that performer is under the age of 18). 2. SHOES: performers will be expected to provide their own shoes - including dance and/or character shoes - as need per performance. The exception would be if the shoes are show specific (example: Dorothy's ruby slippers, Lola's boots, etc.). 3. UNDERGARMENTS: All performers will be expected to provide their own undergarments, including but not excluding: underwear, bras, undershirts, compression garments, nudies, hosiery, and/or socks. 4. MAKE UP & HAIR PRODUCTS: all performers will be expected to provide their own make up and hair products for their personal hair. The exception would be if it was show specific, such as stage make up (ie: Shrek & Fiona's green face paint) or wigs. NOTE: Some productions may ask performers to bring certain costume pieces from their personal closet, especially modern shows. However, if the performer does not own those pieces organically, we will never require the performer to provide their own costume pieces unless that performer wishes to purchase those items and keep them after the show closes for their own personal closet.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO AUDITIONS?

Requirements for auditions change according to the production staff of each individual production. However, those requirements will always be outlined far in advance, both on our website and within the sign up link. Every audition, expect to bring a headshot and a theatre resume (if you have one). Please always wear comfortable clothing and shoes to auditions, in case the director asks you to dance or move in a certain fashion. Specifics regarding monologues, song choices, and dance requirements will be outlined for every individual production and may differ. Please be sure to read the entire audition notice.

WHO CAN AUDITION FOR LTG PRODUCTIONS?

We encourage all community members interested in performing to audition for our productions! Our productions are never pre-cast and are open call to all person regardless of age, race, identity, and/or capability. When we put on productions that DO have role and/or show requirements and/or limitations, we are always transparent about those and outline them in the audition call. We strive to put together well-rounded seasons with productions that has at least one show to spotlight and celebrate all within the diverse community we are part of, for patrons and performers alike.

HOW MUCH ARE PERFORMERS PAID?

Little Theater of Gastonia is pre-professional, amateur, almost 100% volunteer-run organization. At this time, everyone involved within our productions are volunteer, including production staff, crew, and our casts.

CAN I SEND IN A VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSION?

Some, but not all, directors will accept video audition submissions, depending on the needs of the production. Whether or not the production is accepting video submissions will be outlined within the individual audition call, along with the deadline to submit those video auditions.

WHAT IS THE REHEARSAL PROCESS LIKE IF I AM CAST?

In maintaining a community-led and diverse production team, we employ several different production crews and creative teams within our seasons, each with their own rehearsal processes. Tentative calendars for rehearsals will be available at auditions. In most cases, production staff is able to be flexible with schedules of performers, with exceptions of mandatory dates - such as show dates, tech week, and certain special events - but the amount of rehearsal time a potential performer may miss can impact casting decisions.

WHAT IS A "CALL BACK"?

A "Call Back" is sometimes, but not always, used within the auditioning process to ask certain performers to come back for an additional audition, often to read, sing, and/or dance with other performers. Call Backs are not in any way indicative of whether or not a performer will be cast in a particular role or within the production altogether, but a tool utilized by some directors to help make certain decisions.

ARE AUDITIONS OPEN OR CLOSED?

The audition process will vary slightly depending on the production staff and needs for each production. At this time, almost all of our productions are open, which means anyone who is auditioning that evening will be performing in front of other auditionees and production staff. However, some productions do have closed auditions with time slots and an extremely limited number of auditionees who will perform at the same time. If the audition is closed, it will be outlined within the audition notice. We do not accept individual, private auditions for performers who cannot make in-person audition dates. If you are unable to come to auditions, you may submit a video if submissions are being accepted. Due to the high volume of auditionees we frequently have, we do not allow anyone who is NOT auditioning to sit inside the house during audition times. The only exception is if the performer is under the age of 18, and they may bring one parent/guardian into the audition with them, if desired. All other persons must remain in the lobby or their personal vehicles during audition times.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF I HAVE BEEN CAST?

All auditions will have an audition form to fill out before the audition begins. We ask that you legibily put both your email address and phone number on that form, so production staff can reach you during the audition process. Those forms of communications will be the only way we will contact you to possibly schedule a call back, offer you a role, or receive clarification on things regarding the production, such as availability. If we cannot reach you because the information is illegible or incorrect, we cannot move forward with casting you in that particular production. In all productions, the creative team will reach out to every single auditionee before the final casting decision is publicly revealed to let them know if they have been cast or not. Production staff will give a timeline to all auditionees to let them know when to expect a call or email. Please do not reach out to the theater or the individuals within the production team during that timeframe, as casting can take up to a week, depending on the number of auditionees. If an individual constantly reaches out to staff, it may disqualify them from being cast in that production. However, if the alotted timeframe has passed without hearing from the production staff, then we do encourage you to reach out, as that means we were unable to reach you with the information provided (or not provided) on your audition form.

HOW ARE CASTING DECISIONS MADE?

Casting is one of the most difficult and challenging part of every production! We are always so astounded by the immense talent that we have within our community every production and more often than not, each production could be cast several different ways and still be amazing. Casting is decided by a panel of production team members, including the Production Director, Music Director (if applicable), Choreographer (if applicable), Board Representative, Stage Manager, and Exectutive Director of the theater. However, in almost every case, the Production Director will have final say in casting. There are many factors that go into whether an individual is cast or not, and no performer should feel discouraged if they are not cast in a particular production. Not being cast in a role is almost never indicative of someone's abilities or talents and we implore performers to continue to audition for productions, both within our theater and in surrounding theaters, as we are enriched with many exceptional theatre companies in our area!

I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION THAT HASN'T BEEN ANSWERED!

We understand that this process can be confusing and overwhelming to some and you may have additional questions regarding this process. Please send any questions you may have that have not been answered above to ltgastonia@gmail.com. We highly discourage any persons, even if they are familiar with staff and creative team members, to message individuals directly looking for confirmation and/or clarification regarding auditions, casting, and/or rehearsals. We highly discourage production team members to answer individuals who reach out to them personally, as well. Please respect the private lives of all of our staff, creative team members, crews, and/or past cast members who volunteer their time to the theater and have jobs, families, and lives outside of productions.

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