Auditions for Upcoming Productions
What to Expect at an Audition:
- After signing in you will have some time to rehearse scenes from the show you are auditioning for. They will be provided at the audition
- In the Audition room you can expect to be auditioned by three or more people, usually the Producer, the Director, and the Musical Director, sometimes the Artistic Director will be present
- You will be asked to read lines and perform your prepared song (Song is ONLY for Musical Auditions)
What to Bring to an Audition:
- Yourself (Obviously!)
- 16 Bars of Music Pre-Prepared (ONLY for Musical Auditions)
The Merrick Theatre and Center for the Arts, 2222 Hewlett Ave in Merrick, will be holding auditions for their upcoming musical Annie.
Directed by Tarmo Kirsimae
For children on Tuesday, July 10, 2018
For adults on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Both auditions will be at 7:30 pm at the theatre.
Performances are from November 17 to December 9, 2018
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm.
Based on Little Orphan Annie, the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide sensation. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the beloved show features a wonderful score written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin including the Broadway smash hit “Tomorrow”.
With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who left her at the orphanage years ago. Though things don’t quite work out the way she has planned, she does manage to thwart the plans of the evil Miss Hannigan and a find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and her loveable pooch, Sandy.
Interested adult actors need to be available for all performances. The double casting of select children’s roles, including the lead, is a possibility.
All actors must be strong singers and must be able to learn choreography and dance. Please be prepared to sing a song at least 8 bars in length. An accompanist will be provided. Actors may also be asked to read from the script; sides will be provided.
Looking to cast the following children’s roles: (range for all girls is mezzo-soprano)
Annie: Title character, a spunky and optimistic 11 year old orphan who’s looking for her birth parents and who ends up being adopted by billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Must be a strong singer and be comfortable handling Sandy, the dog.
Molly: Age 6, the youngest orphan who is also Annie’s best friend.
Pepper: The bossiest orphan (age 12) who likes to take control and is not good friends with Annie.
Duffy: The oldest orphan (age 13) who often hangs around with Pepper but is friends with everyone.
July: The quietest orphan (age 13) who doesn’t talk much but is mother-like to all the kids.
Tessie: The cry baby orphan (age 10) who is known for the line ”Oh, my goodness”.
Kate: The shyest orphan (age 7) who never really speaks but is friends with everyone.
In addition to the above roles, the production may cast additional girl orphans as well as boys for the ensemble.
Looking to cast the following principal adult roles:
Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (baritone) – 50 +, warm hearted, stiff collared, daunting billionaire businessman who opens his home - and finally his heart - to Annie.
Miss Hannigan (alto) – 40s to 50s, the disillusioned, bitter, cold, “has been” orphanage matron; she hates children but is fond of alcohol. The part requires excellent comic skills to create a larger than life character.
Grace Farrell (soprano) – 25 -35, Oliver Warbucks’ poised, sweet, gentle, sophisticated, faithful, business-like-secretary, who loves Annie from the start and is also fond of Oliver.
Rooster Hannigan (tenor) – 35 +, Miss Hannigan’s younger brother, a sleazy, slick con-man and convict who escaped jail so he and his sister can hatch a plot to abduct Annie and make a quick buck.
Lily St. Regis (soprano) – 25-35, Rooster’s girlfriend, an egotistical, floozy, a gold digger. Not that smart; a bit of a bimbo.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (baritone) – 50s, 32nd President of the U.S., he aids Daddy Warbucks in the search for Annie’s parents.
In addition to the principal roles, an ensemble of 10-12 male and female actors will be cast to play an assortment of roles including:
Bert Healy (tenor) - Radio announcer who agrees to broadcast Annie’s search for her parents.
Fred McCracken (spoken) - A ventriloquist who is a guest on Bert Healy’s show; he works with a dummy called Wacky.
Jimmy Johnson (spoken) - A guest on Bert Healy’s show who calls himself “radio’s only masked announcer.”
Boylan Sisters (Ronnie, alto; Bonnie, soprano, Connie, mezzo soprano) - Singers on Bert Healy’s show who hope to become famous one day.
President Roosevelt’s Cabinet: Harold Ickes (baritone), Louis Howe (baritone), Cordell Hull (baritone), Frances Perkins (mezzo-soprano), Henry Morgenthau (baritone) - sing “Tomorrow” with Annie and Warbucks.
Justice Louis Brandeis (spoken) - Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, he is called upon to assist in Annie’s adoption.
A Star To Be (mezzo-soprano) - Upcoming Broadway star, who sings a solo about N.Y.C.
Mrs. Greer (spoken), Mrs. Pugh (spoken), Cecile (spoken), Annette (spoken) - Servants at the residence of Oliver Warbucks.
Drake – (spoken) The butler at the Warbucks mansion; a good friend to Grace, Annie and Daddy Warbucks.
Bundles McCloskey (spoken) - The laundry man. Miss Hannigan is interested in him but the feeling is not mutual.
The male and female ensemble will also portray the residents of Hooverville, dog catchers, policemen and other assorted roles.
Also looking to cast a dog to play Sandy. A medium to large sized, light colored dog is preferable.
Please contact the theatre at 516-868-6400 with any questions.