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Auditions set for ‘Annie, Jr.’

Theatre Guild seeking bright, bubbly personality to fill musical’s star role

Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012 4:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2012 5:03 p.m. CDT

The Morris Theatre Guild, Inc. will hold open auditions for its summer musical production of “Annie, Jr.”

The book is by Thomas Meehan, the lyrics are by Martin Charnin and the music is by Charles Strouse.

Auditions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, the same time for Wednesday, May 23 and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012, in the Conference Room of the Canalport Community Center, which is located down the hall from the Morris Theatre Guild, Inc., 516 West Illinois Ave., Morris.

Participants need not be a member of the Morris Theatre Guild, Inc. to audition.

Fifteen girls within the age range of 7 to 18 and 10 boys within the same age range are needed.

The person who earns the role of Annie must have strong vocals and a bright and bubbly personality. All girls auditioning for the role of Annie will be considered for other orphan parts unless noted otherwise. 

High school students are also especially needed to fill the adult roles in the show. 

Please wear comfortable clothing.

Annie, Jr. is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel and embittered Miss Hannigan.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Annie, Jr. opens on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at the Morris Theatre Guild, Inc.  Additional performances will be held Aug. 11-12, and Aug. 17-19, 2012.

All Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. and both Sunday matinee performances will begin at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on auditions, house buy-outs or other information, contact Director Derek Buckley at (815) 228-9413 (Cell) or visit the guild’s website at

Annie, Jr. is presented with permission from Music Theatre International, to whom royalties are paid. The Morris Theatre Guild, Inc. is a not-for-profit community theatre. 

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