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The scene opens on a morning in early December 1933. The Orphans, including Molly, Kate, Tessie, Pepper, July and Duffy are sleeping in the girl's annex of The New York City Municipal Orphanage. Molly is just waking up from a dream and crying out for her mother. The other orphans wake up and begin arguing. Annie, who is eleven, comforts Molly, who begs her to read a note that Annie's parents left when they abandoned her. Pepper reminds the group that they also left Annie one-half of a silver locket and kept the other half with a promise to reclaim her one day. Annie pulls Molly close and sings about the parents she imagines, but has never known. The other Orphans join her ("Maybe"). Thinking about her parents inspires Annie to run away from the orphanage and search for them. She packs a bag and starts to leave when the villainous director of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan, discovers her. Miss Hannigan makes all the Orphans get up to scrub floors and strip beds to "pay" for Annie's misbehavior. As they clean, they complain about the difficult circumstances ("It's the Hard-Knock Life").

 

In the morning, Bundles, the laundry man, comes to make a pick-up from the orphanage. As Bundles is talking, Annie sneaks into the laundry bag.

 

Annie is on the streets of NYC when she encounters a stray dog being chased by dogcatchers. She rescues him and expresses her feelings that everything will be fine in the future ("Tomorrow"). When a policeman, Lt. Ward, makes her prove the mutt is her dog, she names him Sandy on the spot and calls the dog to come to her, which – miraculously – he does.

 

Back at the orphanage, Miss Hannigan expresses her disgust with her lot in life ("Little Girls") just before Lt. Ward returns with the runaway orphan. As Miss Hannigan is threatening Annie, Grace Farrell arrives at the orphanage to tell Ms. Hannigan that Oliver Warbucks wants to invite an orphan to his mansion for Christmas. Grace leaves just as Miss Hannigan's brother, Rooster, arrives with his girlfriend, Lily St. Regis. She shares the news of Annie's pending holiday visit with Warbucks. Rooster, Miss Hannigan and Lily lament their misfortunes ("Easy Street").

 

Grace brings Annie to the Warbucks mansion and introduces her to the Servants. Annie is in awe of her new surroundings, but she is made to feel completely welcome by Drake and the staff.

 

As she tours New York City with Warbucks and Grace, she sees the city in a new way ("N.Y.C.") Back at the mansion, Warbucks explains that he would like to adopt Annie. Instead of a happy response, Annie begins to cry. When he learns about her dream of finding her parents and the secret of the half-locket, he promises to search for Annie's parents.

 

Annie and Warbucks are guests on the Bert Healy radio show, "Hour of Smiles." They make a plea for Annie's parents to return, and Warbucks offers $50,000 to anyone who can prove they are her mother and father. The Orphans are listening to Bert Healy's radio show and sing their own version of the radio theme ("You're Never Fully Dressed without a Smile").

 

Back at the mansion, Grace has interviewed more than a thousand people claiming to be Annie's parents, but none of them know about the locket, so Warbucks declares his intent to adopt Annie, and Annie accepts. Just then, Drake leads in Rooster and Lily, disguised as Ralph and Shirley Mudge. They appear with the other half of the locket and the birth certificate, announcing their intentions to take Annie home to live with them in New Jersey. Warbucks convinces them to let Annie spend Christmas with him at the mansion, telling them that they may pick up Annie and the check the next day. Grace tells Warbucks that she believes she has seen Mr. Mudge somewhere before.

 

The next morning, Annie waits apprehensively for the Mudges to claim her ("Maybe – Reprise"). President Roosevelt arrives with the news that the F.B.I. has discovered that Annie's real parents were named David and Margaret Bennett, and they passed away a long time ago. The Mudges are imposters. As Miss Hannigan arrives with the Orphans to celebrate Christmas, Warbucks uncovers the Mudge's true identities. Louis Howe, the president's aide, hauls off Rooster, Lily and Miss Hannigan. Roosevelt declares that this Christmas is going to be the beginning of a wonderful new life... "A New Deal" ("Tomorrow – Reprise").

Ballarat Lyric Theatre Inc. is an inclusive company and, as such, we encourage everyone with a passion for musical theatre to audition.

CHARACTER INFORMATION​ 

Lead Roles 

ANNIE | Playing age 10 or 11 | Mezzo Soprano Belter

A tough yet charming streetwise orphan (about 10 or 11). 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

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

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

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. New York accent a plus.

ROOSTER HANNIGAN | Tenor

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 | Character Soprano

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.

ENSEMBLE

JUNIOR ENSEMBLE Ages 8-15

ORPHANS, Any voice type, ages 8-16 (if young looking)

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/actress should be able to shape their own specific character. We are looking for strong, expressive singers who can also dance well. Tap dancing experience is not required, but is helpful.

 

The named orphans include:

MOLLY The littlest orphan, she latches onto Annie for love and protection.

KATE The second youngest orphan after Molly.

TESSIE The cry-baby of the orphanage; must have a loud, whiny voice.

JULY The quietest orphan.

PEPPER The toughest orphan, always getting into fights.

DUFFY The oldest orphan, usually forced to help Annie break up the fights.

ADULT ENSEMBLE Ages 16+

 

All voice types/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

 

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

Should be an actor who can convincingly pass as FDR wheel chair bound, has a bit of solo singing and speaking lines.

STAR-TO-BE | Mezzo-Soprano Belter

Featured soloist in “NYC”, the Star-To- Be is a young actor who recently moved to New York City to become a Broadway star.

BERT HEALY | Tenor

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 | Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano

A trio of 1930’s radio singers, should be able to hold close harmonies.

DRAKE | any voice type

Warbucks’s butler. British or Trans-Atlantic accent a plus.

LIEUTENANT OFFICER WARD | any voice type

The policeman who questions Annie about Sandy.

 

BUNDLES | any voice type

The laundryman who collects laundry from the orphanage. He is friendly to the kids, but avoids Miss Hannigan’s romantic advances.

APPLE SELLER | any voice type

A homeless person who sells apples on the streets of New York.

MRS. GREER, MRS. PUGH, AND CECILLE | any voice type

Maidservants who work at the Warbucks mansion.

ICKES, PERKINS, HULL, MORGANTHAU, AND HOWE | all voice types

Members of President Roosevelt’s cabinet. Ickes has a mini solo.

JUDGE BRANDEIS | any voice type

Attorney & associate justice of the Supreme Court who is hired to help Warbucks legally adopt Annie.

Please contact admin@ballaratlyrictheatre.com.au with any questions.

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