Description:

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

CYT HOUSTON’S ANNIE
DIRECTOR’S VISION STATEMENT


When I was five years old, I remember sitting in my grandmother’s living room one summer after everyone else had gone to sleep and quietly watching the 1977 version of Annie every night for a month. I would pretend to be a  rough and tough orphan as I tip-toed through the choreography to “Hard Knock Life” and wish I was a spunky red-head who reminded an entire generation that tomorrow isn’t that far at all, it’s only a day away. Annie holds a very special place in my heart, as I’m sure it does for many of you, and with your help we can bring this magical story to life. 

When preparing for auditions, I want you to bring something that shows off your strengths. Just like Annie knows herself and knows her strengths, I want to challenge you to do the same. Have a spunky attitude? SHOW IT! Have a funny bone? MAKE US LAUGH! When you audition, I want to see you and all the different things that make you unique and individual. This show is filled with so many BIG personalities so don’t hold back! 

Even though this show takes place in New York City, I ask you to not audition with an accent. Sometimes when we try and play with accents it prevents us for being able to understand the words in the piece. If we decide we want to try any accents, we will play with those sounds during callbacks or even rehearsal, but for auditions we’ll avoid telling taxis that “we’re walkin’ here.”

Due to the nature of the show, height will be a determination for some roles. For example, little orphan Annie can’t tower over Daddy Warbucks or Hannigan. We will not be casting a human for the role of Sandy, so no need to prepare your barks and howls. 

Due to the popularity of Annie, there is a possibility for cuts. This is purely for your benefit and safety due to the nature of our performance space. If we put too many actors on that stage at one time it becomes a safety hazard and it would prevent your beautiful families from seeing your shining faces on stage. If it so happens you are unable to join us in the cast of Annie, we have incredible opportunities that open up exclusively to you, such as our backstage program or an invitation to audition for “My Son Pinocchio Jr.” 

I cannot tell you again how excited I am to begin this journey and meet each and every one of you. Be prepared to have the time of your lives and don’t forget your smiles! You know what they say, you’re never fully dressed without one.

~Josh Marchant, Director

Dates / Times:

  • Friday, May 15th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 16th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 16th @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 17th @ 2:00pm
  • Thursday, May 21st @ 9:30am  
  • Friday, May 22nd @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, May 23rd @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, May 23rd @ 7:00pm
  • Sunday, May 24th @ 2:00pm
  • School Days Performance
Tickets go on sale Sunday March 8, 2020 at 12:00am

Ticket Prices:


The Crighton Theatre:

234 N Main Street, Conroe, TX 77301


Show Notes:

Annie Audition & Rehearsal Location:
Klein United Methodist Church
5920 FM 2920, Spring 77388
MAP
 
You must be enrolled in a spring session class in order to sign up for an audition time slot.
 
To sign up for a vocal audition time slot:
  • Log into your CYT family account.
  • Click the “Tools” drop down box next to the student wishing to audition and choose “Auditions”.
  • Appointment times may be edited here.

Vocal & Dance Auditions: Friday, February 21
Vocals Beginning at 3:00pm
You will have 2 minutes to shine!
Auditioners should be prepared to sing for at least 1 minute and are encouraged to perform a minute or less monologue. Choose a song that is appropriate for your age and fits the style of the show. You will be asked to stop if you exceed 2 minutes.
 
CLICK HERE to fill out the Annie Audition Packet
 The DEADLINE to turn in online forms is WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12th.

Upload your music HERE.
Uploading your cut music, helps our audition process run smoothly and efficiently. The DEADLINE TO TURN IN A MUSIC UPLOAD IS FEB. 14TH. IF YOU MISS THIS DEADLINE, PLEASE BRING YOUR MUSIC ON YOUR OWN DEVICE and make sure it can be plugged in to a speaker (not Bluetooth). You will need to remove any locks on of the device.

We know that it is sometimes difficult to figure out how to cut a song to 60 seconds. Here is a little info that may help:
How to convert a YouTube karaoke to an MP3
YouTube to MP3: www.ytmp3.cc
MP3 online cutter: www.mp3cut.net
To change the key of an MP3: www.transposr.com
To change the tempo of a song: www.audiotrimmer.com/audio-speed-changer

Dance Auditions: Friday, February 21st
6:00-7:00pm ages 8-12
7:00-8:00pm ages 13-18
This is for all auditioners. You will not need to prepare anything for the dance audition. You will be taught a portion of a dance to perform with a group. Please wear something comfortable to dance in and jazz shoes if you have them.
 
Callbacks:
Saturday, February 22nd
Beginning at 12:00pm – schedule TBA
A link to the callback sides will be posted here and on the Facebook group on Friday, February 14th. These are posted to help you be prepared should you receive a callback. Please use this valuable resource and review all possible roles!
Not everyone will receive a callback, and not all characters are called back. Callbacks will be posted to your account early Saturday morning.
  
What to bring to auditions:
  • Lots of enthusiasm and a smile!
  • Production Fee Payment form and Costume form
  • Music- just in case. This should be downloaded to the link above, but you may want to bring a back-up device. 
  • 1 Headshot – This does not have to be fancy. A current 4x6 or 5x7 headshot will be perfect. We need one paper-clipped to your costume form.
  • Production Fees – We can accept credit cards, checks or cash.
  •  A labeled water bottle. There is a water fountain you can use for refills. 
What to wear:
Auditioning is like a job interview.  You don’t need to wear a suit, but don’t wear shorts and flip flops. It is also best to not dress for a particular character of the show.
For dance auditions, wear comfortable clothes while paying particular attention to the CYT dress code. You can wear jazz shoes if you have them, but they are not a necessity.
Most students like to change out of dance attire and freshen up, if they have time before their vocal audition.
 
The cast list will be posted to auditioners by 9:30pm on Tuesday, February 25th. It will be posted to this public page 24 hours after notifying the cast.
 
Rehearsals:
Klein United Methodist Church
Fridays 6:00pm-9:30pm*
Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm*
*Call times may vary and will be posted each week on the Callboard by Wednesday evening.
 
Schedule:
February 28-29
March 6-7
March 20-21
March 27-28
April 3-4
April 17-18
April 24-25
May 1-2
May 8-9
 
Tech Week – May 11-14, 5:00pm-9:00pm, The  Crighton Theatre
Performances - May 15-17 & May 22-24,
School Day Show – Thursday, May 21

Mandatory Parent Meetings –Saturday, February 29, 9:30am & Friday, May 1, 7:30pm
Feedback Sessions – Saturday, March 7 (A SignUpGenius will be emailed after the first weekend of rehearsals)
Promo Pictures- Saturday, April 4th
Character Portraits – Saturday, April 17


Artistic Team:
Director - Josh Marchant
Vocal Director – Dee Willis
Choreographer – Mieka Phillips
Intern – Brandon Christian

Please contact the show coordinator, Jeannie Bailey, at jeannie@cythouston.org with any questions.
 
If you are on Facebook, please join our CYT Houston’s Annie group.

For more information, please visit CYT Houston's Parent Hub.


Characters:

ANNIE

Annie is a tough streetwise kid who is vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: a newfound “family” who loves her. Throughout the show she shows independent, needy, maternal, and hopeful qualities. Although she is at times aggressive or crafty, there is no doubt that Annie is a friendly and caring child. Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (A3-F5)

WARBUCKS

A powerful, self-assured billionaire who always has his mind on business. While sometime gruff and abrupt he has a kind heart. At first he is awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, but he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. Vocal Range: Baritone (C3-F4)

MISS HANNIGAN

Miss Hannigan is orphanage matron. Her distaste for her job and the children is obvious in every move she makes and every line she delivers. She is predictable and funny, in her ridiculous, cruel ways. Looking for an actress who can act with her whole body! Vocal Range: Alto

GRACE FARRELL

She is the loyal private secretary to Oliver Warbucks. Grace is mature, calm, and classy. She is businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan, yet maternal toward Annie. Vocal Range: Soprano

ORPHAN ENSEMBLE/ CHORUS

These girls are gritty, neglected, vulnerable, yet basically honest, and potentially lovable. They have mischievous fun with each other and also have “sibling-style” fights.

MOLLY

The littlest orphan.

PEPPER

The toughest girl in the orphanage.

DUFFY

The oldest girl in the orphanage.

KATE

The next to littlest orphan.

TESSIE

The crybaby in the orphanage.

JULY

The quietest orphan.

HOOVERVILLE FOLKS

These are all homeless & jobless people who live in shanty towns.

HOOVERVILLE - FEATURED ROLES

Appleseller, Eddie, Sophie and several others referred to in the script as Man 1-4 and Woman 1-4.

ROOSTER

Miss Hannigan's despicable brother. Rooster is flashy and self-assured. His “moves” are as smooth as a gambler’s: sly, and deceiving. The actor playing this role should bring a sense of fun to the character and have a good sense of comic timing. Vocal Range: Tenor (B2-G4)

LILLY

Lily is Rooster’s airhead girlfriend. She is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money. Like Rooster, the actress playing this role should bring a sense of fun to the character and have a good sense of comic timing. Vocal Range: Soprano

SERVANT ENSEMBLE

Oliver Warbucks’ domestic staff. Their presence, posture, and speech is proper and refined. Their heads are always held high, with pleasant, yet guarded emotions. They sing in "I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here"," You Won't Be An Orphan for Long", "I Don't Need Anything But You", "New Deal For Christmas" and "Tomorrow Bows".

DRAKE

The English butler.

CECILLE

A French maid.

ANNETTE

A French maid.

MRS. GREER

The head housekeeper.

MRS. PUGH

The chef.

NEW YORK CITY ENSEMBLE/ CHORUS

This chorus consists of several scenes that take place throughout New York City.

BUNDLES McCLOSKEY

The laundryman who serves the orphanage. He has an innocent, flirtatious relationship with Miss Hannigan.

LT. WARD

A policeman who returns Annie to Miss Hannigan after she escapes from the orphanage.

DOG CATCHER

A person who captures stray dogs on the streets of New York.

ASSISTANT DOG CATCHER

POLICEMAN

Lt. Ward’s police partner.

USHERETTE

One line during "NYC".

STAR-TO-BE

A new-coming star who has just arrived in NYC to perform on Broadway (featured in song "NYC"). Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano (Belt)

BERT HEALY

The ultimate radio personality. He helps Annie by broadcasting about the search for her birth parents. Vocal Range: Tenor

THE BOYLAN SISTERS - CONNIE, RONNIE & BONNIE

Stars of NBC Radio Show Vocal Range: (Soprano / Alto / Mezzo)

JIMMY JOHNSON

A personality on the Bert Healy Show

FRED McCRACKEN and WACKY

Personalities on the Bert Healy show.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

President of the United States and author of The New Deal. Vocal Range: Baritone

ICKES

Member of FDR's Cabinet

PERKINS

Member of FDR's Cabinet

HULL

Member of FDR's Cabinet

MORGENTHAU

Member of FDR's Cabinet

HOWE

Member of FDR's Cabinet