Character Breakdowns for Annie

The character breakdown below gives insight into the characters in the show. The age of the person cast in any particular role may not be in the same range as the character portrayed. The magic of the theater allows some flexibility with makeup and characterization. Good luck in your auditions!

Principle Characters

ANNIE  |  Annie is a complex, tough, streetwise urchin who is surprisingly vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: her newfound “family.” Annie is motherly, independent, overwhelmed and hopeful. She should be strong vocally and musically and be able to light up the stage.

Gender: Female  |  Vocal Range Top: D5  |  Vocal Range Bottom: A3

 

THE ORPHANS  |  The Orphans are gritty children that are neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and lovable. Cast children that can have “mischievous” fun together, as well as “sibling style” fights. Each actor should be able to shape their own specific character, be a good singer and visually expressive. The orphans range from 6-18 years old. Molly is the littlest at age 6. Kate is the next-to-youngest at age 7. Tessie is the cry baby at age 11. Pepper is the toughest at age 12. July is the quietest at age 13. Duffy is the oldest at age 13.

Gender: Male & Female |  Vocal Range Top: B4  |  Vocal Range Bottom: A3

MISS HANNIGAN  |  Miss Hannigan is a definite “has-been.” Her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers. She must be a strong actress with excellent comic timing. She must have a strong versatile singing voice and be able to create a character that is larger than life.

Gender: Female |  Vocal Range Top: D5  |  Vocal Range Bottom: G3

 

GRACE FARRELL  |  Grace Farrell is Oliver Warbucks’s calm, cool and classy secretary. She appears businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. She must always appear “in control” and sophisticated. She has a small solo at the beginning of “N.Y.C.”

Gender: Female |  Vocal Range Top: C5  |  Vocal Range Bottom: D4

 

ROOSTER HANNIGAN  |  Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie’s parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan’s swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. The flashy, self-assured Rooster can even be shorter than his airhead accomplice, Lily. Rooster has a “smooth gambler” persona.

Gender: Male |  Vocal Range Top: Bb4  |  Vocal Range Bottom: G3

 

LILY ST. REGIS  |  Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis are the comic team who claim to be Annie’s parents but are revealed to be Miss Hannigan’s swindling brother and his sleazy girlfriend in disguise. These characters play off each other constantly. Lily is a perfect role for an actress who is naturally funny, has a good sense of timing and is a strong singer.

Gender: Female |  Vocal Range Top: Bb4  |  Vocal Range Bottom: Bb3

 

OLIVER WARBUCKS  |  Oliver Warbucks is the daunting millionaire who made his fortune during World War I as an industrialist. This is a challenging role, he appears middle-aged, self-assured and confident. In the beginning, Warbucks is awkwardly affectionate toward Annie and then finds himself completely charmed by her. Must be a strong actor who can sing.

Gender: Male |  Vocal Range Top: D5  |  Vocal Range Bottom: A3

 

SANDY  |  Sandy is a potential character based of the director’s choice. Sandy is the stray dog that Annie adopts. Sandy has no lines but has the capability of earning spontaneous applause when he sings “Tomorrow” with Annie!

Gender: Any |  Vocal Range Top: D5  |  Vocal Range Bottom: F4

 

The Ensemble

DRAKE AND SERVANTS  |  Drake and the Servants are the loyal domestic help of Oliver Warbucks. You will have fun perfecting precision steps, nods and curtsies. These roles are ideally suited for performers of any ability.

Gender: Any

 

APPLE SELLER  |  The Apple Seller opens Scene 2 speaking to Annie and giving her an apple.

Gender: Any

 

LT. WARD  |  Lt. Ward is the policeman who questions Annie about Sandy, the stray dog. This is a non-singing role and great for a well-meaning authoritative adult.

Gender: Any

 

BEART HEALY  |  Bert Healy is the classic announcer on a radio show of the era. This is a non-singing role and is perfect for someone who is naturally funny with a big voice.

Gender: Male

 

BUNDLES  |  Bundles is the laundryman for the orphanage. This is a minor speaking role and is perfect for the actor who can create a likeable character.

Gender: Male

 

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT  |  President Franklin D. Roosevelt is enlisted by Oliver Warbucks to help locate Annie’s parents. He will be pushed onstage in a wheelchair and delivers a momentous line about “A New Deal!” This is an excellent spot for an actor wishing to play a President.

Gender: Male

 

LOUIS HOWE  |  Louis Howe is President Roosevelt’s trustworthy aide. This is a great role for someone new to performing.

Gender: Male

 

STAR-TO-BE  |  Star-To-Be is a featured singing role in the number “N.Y.C.” Although this is not a speaking role, Star-To-Be must be confident in both singing and acting.

Gender: Female  |  Vocal range top: D5  |  Vocal range bottom: Ab3

 

USHERETTE  |  The Usherette ushers Warbucks, Annie and Grace to their seats in the Roxy at the end of “N.Y.C.” She has one line and then sings with the ensemble.

 

NEW YORKERS  |  The New Yorkers are comprised of a wonderfully colorful collection of characters, usually identified by their occupation. The ensemble will explore and develop these characters in the historical context of the 1930s.

Gender: Any

THEATRE LOCATION

MOONLIGHT BROADWAY:
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Ln.
Lubbock, TX

 

ARTS ACADEMY

AUTUMN/WINTER COURSES:
2806 Avenue A
Lubbock, TX

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