From the homey James Whitcomb Riley poem, to the depression-era cartoon strip, to the sensational Broadway musical “Annie,” with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and the book by Thomas Meehan, the spunky orphan and her dog Sandy have earned a beloved spot in American culture.
The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years, and revivals are continually appearing in NYC and other major cities.
Now it’s your turn. The Farmington Players are holding auditions the week of July 24 for a community production directed by Amy Lauter & Terie Spencer. There is a preliminary workshop date – important for parents of young actors – on Wednesday, July 24 that runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. This is not mandatory, but it’s recommended as it will answer many of the parents’ questions and clarify the theater’s expectations.
There are also role-specific audition dates – but all auditions are by appointment. You’ll need to call and arrange a time slot on the appropriate date: just call Kandi Krumins at 248-797-1814. All activities happen in the Farmington Players Barn Theater, 32332 West Twelve Mile Road, in Farmington Hills.
- Thursday, July 25, 7 to10 p.m.– Auditions for Teens 16-18 and all Adults
- Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Auditions for Children 6-15 years old
- Sunday July 28, 2 p.m. – Callbacks
The full audition notice, with rehearsal information, is posted on the Farmington Players website and also on the Farmington Players Facebook page.
Parents are asked to make sure their child is prepared for the audition and comfortable with the piece. All children will be photographed, and parents will be required to remain in the waiting area during auditions. Additionally, parents or guardians of children cast in “Annie” will be expected to volunteer as chaperones and general helpers during rehearsals and performances.
Any additional questions can be directed to Annieatthebarn@gmail.com.