AUDITIONS

Be a Part of the Show

Release your inner thespian and be a part of the Joe Jefferson Players family again or for the very first time! Auditions for upcoming performances are held approximately two and a half months prior to show dates. We welcome actors of all talents and ages as we cast for lead and supporting roles. With each audition, the director will provide expectations and requirements in advance, usually via our Facebook Events page, at least 3 weeks in advance of auditions.

Feel free to click here to download our Audition Form and come to the audition prepared!

Audition Form

Next Audition Opportunity:
Monday JUNE 5TH & Tuesday JUNE 6TH, 2017 @ 6:30PM at JJP

Callbacks: Thursday, JUNE 8TH @ 6:30PM

The Joe Jefferson Players are holding open auditions for the first show of our 70th season, Annie! We will have more information about auditions posted as soon as the details become available. We are friendly folks and we want everyone to do well. So whether you’re an old pro, or a first time auditioner, know that you are welcome!

Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Direction by April Smith Spencer
Musical Direction by Daniel Driskell
Choreography by Brittany South Crawford

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Audition Expectations: In-person auditions will be closed with the director, musical director/pianist, choreographer and stage manager. 

Singing: Please provide your own sheet music and be prepared to sing at least 32 bars of your selection. You may also be asked to sing scales. Songs from Annie are acceptable but not preferred. A piano accompanist will be provided. 

Dancing: Depending on which role(s) for which you are auditioning, you may be expected to participate in the dance audition. Please wear appropriate dance attire and footwear. If you have tap shoes, please bring them with you.

Reading: Sides will be provided at callbacks only.

Video Auditions: Video auditions will be accepted if you are unable to attend auditions on June 5th or 6th however, if you are considered for callbacks, you will need to be present on Thursday June 8th. To submit your singing audition video, email it along with your completed audition form to info@joejeffersonplayers.com.

Questions? Email info@joejeffersonplayers.com

Rehearsals will begin Monday, June 12th and a rehearsal schedule will be provided at a later date once the show is cast

Tech Week/Dress Rehearsal: August 25-September 10, 2017

Show Dates: August 25, 26 & September 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 8PM and August 27 & September 3 & 10 at 2PM.

Mandatory Set Strike Sunday September 10th following the performance

Introduction:

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 find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and her lovable pooch, Sandy.

Roles Available:

Child Female Roles – All must be strong singer/actor/dancers
1. Annie:
• Must be able to appear age 11
• Energetic and optimistic orphan who never gives up hope that better days are ahead.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
2. Duffy:
• Must be able to appear age 13
• The oldest girl in the orphanage.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
2. July:
• Must be able to appear age 13
• The quietest girl in the orphanage.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
3. Kate:
• Must be able to appear age 7
• The second to youngest orphan.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
4. Molly:
• Must be able to appear age 6
• One of the youngest orphans.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
5. Pepper:
• Must be able to appear age 12
• The toughest girl in the orphanage.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
6. Tessie:
• Must be able to appear age 10
• This is the crybaby of the orphanage.
• Voice Range: Low A to High F
 
Adult Male Roles
1. Oliver Warbucks:
• Must be able to appear age 40-65.
• A powerful billionaire, who always has his mind on business, but has a kind heart looking for someone to love.
• Vocal Range: Baritone to a high F.
• This role involves some dancing
2. Rooster:
• Must be able to appear age 35-50.
• Miss Hannigan’s greedy and dishonest brother.
• Sings “Easy Street”
• Vocal Range: Tenor to high G.
• This role involves dancing.
3. Roosevelt:
• Age 40-65.
• The President of the United States of America, who takes an immediate liking to Annie and her optimism. Must be able to imitate Roosevelt.
4. Bert Healy:
• Must be able to appear age 30-55.
• A popular radio announcer.
• Sings “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile”.
• Vocal Range: Tenor to F#. This role may be doubled with chorus.
5. Bundles McCloskey:
• Age 25-60.
• The laundry man who flirts with Ms. Hannigan and aids Annie’s attempt to escape.
• Spoken (no singing).
• May be doubled with Chorus.
6. Jimmy Johnson: Must be able to appear age 25-55. Silly radio personality on Bert Healy’s radio show. This role is doubled with chorus.
7. Fred McCracken: Must be able to appear age 25-55. Puppet wrangler. Uses a dummy on Bert Healy’s radio show. Baritone. This role is doubled with chorus.
8. Harold Ickes: Age 25-60. An associate of President Roosevelt. (Must be able to sing harmony.) This role is doubled with chorus.
9. Louis Howe: Age 25-60. An associate of President Roosevelt. (Must be able to sing harmony.) This role is doubled with chorus.
10. Drake: Male. Head butler in the Warbucks’ home.
11. Lt. Ward: Male. NYPD officer who is suspicious of Annie.
Adult Female Roles
1. Grace Farrell:
• Must be able to appear age 25-35
• Loyal and intelligent private secretary to Oliver Warbucks. She brings Annie and Warbucks together.
• Vocal Range: Soprano to high G
• This role may involve some dancing.
2. Miss Hannigan:
• Must be able to appear age 35-60.
• Desperate and unhappy with her lot in life, she is the alcoholic orphanage matron who is Annie’s nemesis.
• Vocal Range: Alto A to D
• This role involves dancing.
3. Lily St. Regis:
• Must be able to appear age 25-35.
• Shady, floozy girlfriend of Rooster.
• Sings “Easy Street”
• Vocal Range: Soprano up to a high G
• The roles involves a dancing.
4. The Lovely Boylan Sisters: (Connie, Ronnie, Bonnie) Ages 20-40. Singing group that sing back up to Bert Healy. Must be able to sing well and harmonize.
5. Star to Be: Age 18-25. Aspiring Broadway actress who sings during NYC. Mezzo.
This role is doubled with chorus.
6. Cecille and Annette: Maids at Warbucks’ home.
7. Mrs. Greer: Oliver Warbuck’s head housekeeper.
8. Mrs. Pugh: Oliver Warbuck’s cook.
Adult Male or Female
1. Perkins: Age 25-60. An associate of President Roosevelt. (Vocal Range: Baritone or Soprano) This role is doubled with chorus.
2. Hull: Age 25-60, Male or Female. An associate of President Roosevelt. (Must be able to sing harmony.) This role is doubled with chorus.
3. Morganthau: Age 25-60, Male or Female. An associate of President Roosevelt. (Must be able to sing harmony.) This role is doubled with chorus.
4. Adult Chorus: Age 15 and up. Male and Female. Townspeople who appear in “Hooverville”,
“NYC”, and may appear as servants at Warbuck’s Mansion competent vocal and dance (or tumbling/athletic) skills required.
(TBD) Child Chorus Roles –
At our productions team’s discretion, these roles may be added.
1. Orphan Chorus (up to 7 girls): Must be able to appear age 5-14, (Voice Range: Low A to High F) must be competent dancers.
3. Boys Chorus: (3-6 boys) Age 6-15, Townspeople who appear in “Hooverville” and “NYC”