Rainbow Youth Theatre presents
Director: Robinson Wilson
Musical Director: Denise Marquette
Choreographer: Courtney Hunchuk
Producers: Teresa Coates & Amanda Colville
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Thu, Oct 25, 7:30pm *Tickets Available*
Fri, Oct, 26, 7:30pm *Tickets Available*
Sat, Oct, 27, 2:00pm *Tickets Available*
Sat, Oct 27, 7:30pm *Tickets Available*
Sun, Oct 28, 2:00pm *Tickets Available*
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. Annie is the perfect family-friendly musical and an ideal show for a largely female cast.
— synopsis courtesy of Music Theatre International
ANNIE is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com
Fri, Aug 10, 7:00 – 8:30: Audition meet and greet, 279-C Puntledge Rd, Courtenay (next to Yummies and Gyros). Interested performers will meet the creative team and producers, sign up for a 10 minute audition spot, fill out an audition form. Please bring a current headshot (doesn’t have to be professional, does have to show your face) and a full list of any schedule conflicts you have between Aug 20 and Oct 28 (dance classes, music lessons, trips out of town, work, etc.)
Sat, Aug 11: individual private auditions with the director and musical director. Please check the bottom of this post for more information on what the creative team would like to see in your audition.
Sun, Aug 12: callbacks for certain roles and performers. Please note, that even if you don’t get called in for Sunday that doesn’t mean you won’t be offered a place in the cast!
Aug 20 – Aug 31: Monday through Friday rehearsals, schedule TBA
Sept 7 – Oct 19: Friday nights, Saturday and Sunday daytime
Tech Week: Sun, Oct 21 – Wed, Oct 24
Rehearsal Space: TBA
Show Run: Thu, Oct 25- Sun, Oct 28 at the Sid Williams Theatre
Audition Notes from the Directors
Here is some information about the audition process for all the nice people who want to be in our nice show.
The purpose of auditions is to provide an opportunity for the directors to get to know you and your skills and what is unique about each of you.
Our job is to use the information we gather from auditions and callbacks to figure out the best fits. How do we make the show the strongest it can be, while also finding a way to make sure each of you shines!
There will be 2 main phases of the audition process
1/ AUDITIONS – You perform your (up to 2 minutes) prepared monologue and (up to 1 minute of a) song and where you take part in a dance call.
2/CALLBACKS -We change gears to focus on solving the puzzle of who goes where in the casting of Annie. These take place after the auditions are over – on Sunday, and as part of the group work that day.
Please prepare part of a song to share and be prepared to participate in a dance call.
Please do not stress out if you don’t think you excel as a dancer or a singer or actor. Even if that is indeed true (many underestimate their abilities) then we will know how to cast you and how to help you so that you succeed on stage.
Please prepare a section of a song that is no longer than 1 minute You can bring a backtrack on a device such as a phone, if you want, but you likely will be asked to sing a cappella.
Find the most interesting and exciting part of the song to sing (usually not the beginning as you only have one minute).
Please steer clear of obscure musical theatre songs (especially a capella) as there is little frame of reference for us to make a judgement call, and we will end up asking you to sing O Canada!
When choosing a song – try to go for something that shows your ability to play a character and that shows your range as a singer. Generally it is best to stay within the musical theatre canon – but if not, at least consider the style of show and music we are doing- Assassins/ Sweeney Todd might not be the best choice if you are auditioning for Sandy or Molly.
Please prepare a monologue that is 90 seconds or under. It is awesome if memorized but not a problem if not- just make sure you make some strong character choices. It is ideal for your monologue to contrast with your song so that the 2 pieces together show your range as a performer.
DANCE CALL ! (Movement call, really, at callbacks)
Please wear appropriate clothing for the auditions.
Don’t be worried if you have little to no dance training as the auditions are just a chance for us to get to know your skill/fun level so we can showcase you properly in the show!
It will be a fun and vigorous dance call! So fun! So Vigorous!
For the callbacks, we will be asking you to do auditions specific to the show, dialogue or songs from the show or dances in the show. We will provide the material to you and give you some time with it before the callbacks. Time TBA. In the meantime, become at least somewhat familiar with the show and characters. BUT PLEASE DON’T WATCH the MOVIE or YOUTUBE VIDEOS of other performances as a guide to how to do anything! We want to see YOUR interpretation of scenes and songs, not you re-creating others’ performances.
GENERAL AUDITION TIPS !
Make sure to read the above requirements carefully, particularly
Don’t go overtime on your pieces (we have MANY to audition and the extra time adds up) Have a backtrack ready cued up to the start- if you are using one
Please don’t use the audition panel as your scene partner(s). (Don’t deliver the song or monologue to them as though they are in the scene with you)
Be as prepared as you can be ! but don’t become stressed if something goes wrong. We understand any nervousness you have and sometimes mistakes happen. It’s not what happens – it’s how you deal with it. So breathe, recover and move on!
If you want to ensure you are hydrated – make sure to drink lots of water 24 hours before your audition, as that is when it will make a difference.