Annie Audition Materials

Cast Size: Flexible      Cast Type:  Adults & Children (Girls)      Dance Requirements: Standard

You need to come to the audition prepared to sing and dance. 
Only those given a callback will be asked to read (however, it never hurts to familiarize yourself with the sides/material listed below)

What if you want to audition for more than one part?
You can list more than one character on your audition form, but you need to choose ONE for your audition.  However, be prepared!  If we ask you back to read for someone else, it would be helpful if you were familiar with that character’s song/side ahead of time.  Please select the links from the table below for karaoke music and script.

Not sure who to audition for?  See the character breakdown below.  Still not sure?  Prepare the ensemble part.

CHARACTER

KARAOKE TRACKS

Lyrics can be found here »

READ

Annie

Tomorrow
AND
Maybe
Side # 1, 2, 3, 4, 7

Oliver Warbucks

I Don’t Need Anything But You
AND
Something Was Missing
Side # 3, 7

Grace Farrell

I Think I’m Gonna Like It Here Side # 2, 3, 7
Miss Hannigan

Little Girls

Side # 2, 4, 5, 6

Rooster

Easy Street

Side # 5, 6

Lily St. Regis

Easy Street

Side # 5, 6

Orphans

It’s a Hard Knock Life A+ OR It’s a Hard Knock Life B+
AND
You’re Never Fully Dressed - File updated May 7
Side # 1

Ensemble NYC OR Tomorrow

 

Bert Healy and Boylan Sisters

You’re Never Fully Dressed  

Audition Tips:

  • Project your voice (both singing and speaking) so people all the way at the back can hear you!
  • Don’t just sing/read the lines, perform them!  We’re looking for people who can sell the song. Think about what you are saying/ singing and show the audience how that character feels.
  • Prepare!  Read all of the information in parentheses and italics so you know what is going on in the scene before you get up there.
  • Always give your audition 100% of everything you have.  You’ll regret it if you don’t.  Just go for it!
  • Don’t be nervous!  BREATHE!  This is fun!!! Enjoy it!

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Annie
Annie is a complex, tough, streetwise 11 yr old kid who is surprisingly vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: her newfound "family."  She is spunky, optimistic and charming – and has the audience rooting for her from the moment the curtain opens! She is an excellent actress who can act nurturing, independent, overwhelmed and hopeful.  Triple Threat -she should be strong vocally with BELT, strong dance (tap an asset but not necessary) and be able to light up the stage in "Tomorrow!" 
Gender: Female  - Must pass for an 11 yr old
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Oliver Warbucks
Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks is the daunting billionaire who made his fortune during World War I as an industrialist. This is a challenging role full of depth.  Requires an actor that can appear middle-aged, self-assured and confident. Warbucks, an orphan himself, has never had a family and through the years has built up a wall around him as a tough, savvy business tycoon.  In the beginning he is awkwardly affectionate toward Annie and then finds himself completely charmed by her as she melts his heart. Requires an actor who is focused and gently authoritative. Needs strong vocals and character commitment as an actor.
Gender: Male 30-50 (ish)   
Baritone
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Grace Farrell
Grace Farrell is Oliver Warbucks's calm, cool and classy secretary. She appears business-like when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie.  She loves Annie from the start.  Has a secret love for Warbucks but has always stayed professional.  Requires an actress that can always appear "in control" and sophisticated.  This is a great feature part for an actress who is likable, sweet and confident.
Gender: Female   25-40
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Miss Hannigan
Miss Hannigan is the orphanage matron and is a definite "has-been." She is disillusioned, hates children, loves her “medicine” aka booze and her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers. Requires a strong actress with excellent comedic timing. She must have a strong versatile singing voice and be able to create a character that is larger than life!
Gender: Female 30- 50+
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Rooster Hannigan 
Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie's parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan's swindling, con-artist brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. Flashy, self-assured and can convincingly pull off the "smooth gambler" persona. Needs to be able to vocally and physically handle "Easy Street."
Gender: Male 30-50
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: G3

Lily St. Regis
Lily St. Regis and Rooster Hannigan are the comic team who claim to be Annie's parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan's swindling brother and his conniving, low-class girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. Lily is a ditzy gold digger -a perfect role for an actress who is naturally funny, has a good sense of comedic timing and is a strong singer and dancer.
Gender: Female 25-40
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: Bb3

**The Orphans are gritty girls that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast girls that can have "mischievous" fun together, as well as "sibling style" fights. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive.  Need to be able to pick up choreo and sell a song! A background in acro/ gymnastics is not necessary BUT a real asset!

Molly
Molly is the littlest at age 6.  Looks up to Annie the most – Annie is her closest friend – like a big sister.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Kate
Kate is the next-to-youngest at age 7.   Kate is the “shyest” orphan, but is friends with everyone.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Tessie
Tessie is the crybaby at age 11. Known for her line “Oh my goodness…”
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Pepper
Pepper is the toughest and bossiest at age 12.  She is a bit of a bully, likes to take control and is the least fond of Annie.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C4

July
July is the quietest at age 13.  Doesn’t talk much but is “mother-like” to all the kids – sticks up for the little ones.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Duffy
Duffy is the oldest at age 13. Hangs out mostly with Pepper, but is friends with everyone.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Drake
Drake is the ever loyal Butler at the Warbucks mansion  He is a good friend to Grace and Oliver, yet always the professional head of the staff.  He is very fond of Annie and is charmed by her from the beginning.
Gender: Male  30-50+  
Vocal Range: Tenor-Baritone

Servants
The Servants are the loyal domestic help of Oliver Warbucks.  This group of performers sings with the ensemble and can be double cast as New Yorkers in "N.Y.C."  and Hooverville.  These roles are ideally suited for performers of any ability. Ability to pick up choreo an asset.  Strong ensemble vocals.  Some solo parts for Cecille; Annette; Mrs. Pugh –Head Cook;  Mrs Greer – Head Housekeeper
Gender: Male & Female

President Franklin D. Roosevelt
President Franklin D. Roosevelt is enlisted by Oliver Warbucks to help locate Annie's parents. He will be pushed onstage in a wheelchair and delivers a momentous line about "A New Deal!" Strong acting and authoritative character
Gender: Male 40+

Bert Healy
Bert Healy is the classic announcer on a radio show of the era. Sings “Never Fully Dressed” and is perfect for someone who is naturally funny with a big voice.
Gender: Male

The Boylan Sisters
3 Women who sing tight harmonies as a featured trio on Bert Healy’s Radio Show.  Strong singers  Will be asked to sing in three part harmony.
Gender: Female 20-40
Vocal range:  Alto, 2nd Soprano, 1st Soprano

Bundles McKloskey
Bundles is the laundryman for the orphanage. This is a minor speaking role and is perfect for the actor who can create a likeable character. A great spot for an actor who is not quite ready for a large part.
Gender: Male

Louis Howe
Louis Howe is President Roosevelt's trustworthy aide. This is a great role for someone new to performing.
Gender: Male

Star-to-be
A Broadway star wanna be in song “NYC”  Youthful, determined and full of hope of making it on Broadway. Strong vocals
Gender: Female  18-25
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3

ORPHAN ENSEMBLE  ( an additional 5 to 8 girls )
Group of girls with good singing and dancing ability. Great for kids who are maybe not ready for a lead role, but are excited to get experience on the stage.  No speaking roles.  Ability to sell a song an asset.  Any gymnastics/ acro background an asset!  May also appear in some street scenes in “Hooverville” – “NYC”
Gender: Female 7-12 (ish)

ADULT ENSEMBLE
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 over music) require a large ensemble.  Looking for a group of men and women who sing and have good stage movement.  Some will receive small solo singing and some speaking lines.  Ensemble will find themselves playing multiple roles throughout possibly as more servants on Warbucks ‘staff; random characters in “NYC” street scene;  down and out folk in “Hooverville”; and members of Roosevelt’s cabinet . Diverse acting ability an asset for those chosen to play multiple cameos.  Strong dance ability also an asset, but not necessary for all ensemble.
Gender: Male & Female 18-60+   (also teens who present as adults)