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  • Completed Audition Form
  • Headshot – can be a body-length picture as long as the face is clearly visible
  • Resume
  • Performance of 16-32 bars of a song – bring sheet music or a karaoke-style CD

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Our winter Main Stage production of ANNIE is holding auditions for all ages beginning September 28th!

Directed by Gary Crumm, Choreographed by Tori Bennett, Musical Direction by Luke Ottinger

Ages 8-16
Saturday September 28th, 2019 at 2:30pm
Ages 17 and above
Saturday October 5th at 10am

Actors should prepare 32 bars of music to sing; accompanist provided.
Please bring a headshot or current photo, resume and completed registration form.
Access the registration form at

Please prepare and be familiar with the following music, based on the part you are auditioning for:
Annie and Orphans: Maybe
Warbucks: Something Missing
Hannigan: Little Girls
Rooster: Easy Street
Grace/Lily: Won’t be an Orphan for Long

ANNIE Character Breakdown

ANNIE, Mezzo-Soprano Belter, Female, to play 11 years old: A tough yet charming streetwise orphan. Annie is independent, hopeful, and full of life; she acts as a leader/mother figure to the other orphans and yearns for parents of her own. Looking for a strong singer and smart actress who can carry the energy of the show.

OLIVER WARBUCKS, Baritenor, Male, 40-60: Warbucks is a highly successful businessman who made a fortune as an industrialist in World War I. Should be confident, intimidating, and a bit stiff. At first, he is unsure and awkward around Annie, but warms up to her and eventually learns to love her as a father. Should have a smooth legit voice, falsetto a plus.

GRACE FARRELL, Soprano, Female, 30-40: Oliver Warbucks’s secretary; she is poised, sophisticated and savvy, yet gentle and warm. Acts as a welcoming motherly figure to Annie, and is able to access Warbucks’s gentler side.

MISS HANNIGAN, Alto Belter, Female, 35-55: The disillusioned, bitter, and cruel matron of the orphanage. Her distaste for her job should ooze from every line she delivers. Looking for a larger-than-life comedic character actress with a strong belt to match. New York accent a plus.

ROOSTER HANNIGAN, Tenor, Male, 25-40: The flashy, self-assured con-man of a brother to Miss Hannigan. He poses as Annie’s father in order to claim a cash reward. Should be a great mover and have excellent comedic chemistry with the actress playing Lily. New York accent a plus.

LILY ST. REGIS, Character Soprano, Female, 20-30: Rooster’s sleazy, airheaded girlfriend. She poses as Annie’s mother in order to claim a cash reward. She should be a great mover; seductive, ditzy, and annoying, all at the same time. Should have excellent comedic chemistry with the actor playing Rooster. Squeaky-voiced New Jersey accent a plus.

ORPHANS, Any voice type, females, ages 7-14: The orphans are gritty, neglected girls, who are at the same time honest and lovable. They act like siblings, looking out for each other but also fighting each other constantly. Each actress should be able to shape her own specific character. We are looking for strong, expressive singers who can also dance well. Tap dancing experience is not required, but is helpful. The named orphans include:

MOLLY, age 6-7: The littlest orphan, she latches onto Annie for love and protection.
KATE, age 7: The second youngest orphan after Molly.
TESSIE, age 10: The crybaby of the orphanage; must have a loud, whiny voice.
JULY, age 12: The quietest orphan.
PEPPER, age 12: The toughest orphan, always getting into fights.
DUFFY, age 13: The oldest orphan, usually forced to help Annie break up the fights.

ADULT ENSEMBLE, All genders, All voice types, ages 16+:
Excellent singer/dancer/actors to play various roles around New York City in the 1930’s, including street vendors, homeless people, tourists, newsboys, pickpockets, street cleaners, Broadway ushers, news reporters, and more. They will also appear as Warbucks’s staff who take care of his mansion. Featured ensemble roles include:

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, Male, 50-65: Should be an actor who can convincingly pass as FDR, has a bit of solo singing and speaking lines.

STAR-TO-BE, Female, Mezzo-Soprano Belter, 18-25: Featured soloist in “NYC”, the Star-To-Be is a young actress who recently moved to New York City to become a Broadway star.

BERT HEALY, Male, Tenor, 20-40: A classic 1930’s radio announcer, with solo singing in “Never Fully Dressed”. Should be able to change vocal quality or accents to create different radio characters.

BOYLAN SISTERS, Females, Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano, 18-30: A trio of 1930’s radio singers, should be able to hold close harmonies.

DRAKE, Male, any voice type, 20-45: Warbucks’s butler. British or Trans-Atlantic accent a plus.

LIEUTENANT OFFICER WARD, Male, any voice type, 30-45: The policeman who questions Annie about Sandy.

MR. BUNDLES, Male, any voice type, 30-55: The laundryman who collects laundry from the orphanage. He is friendly to the kids, but avoids Miss Hannigan’s romantic advances.

APPLE SELLER, Any gender, any voice type, 18+: A homeless person who sells apples on the streets of New York.

MRS. GREER, MRS. PUGH, AND CECILLE, Females, any voice type, 18+: Maidservants who work at the Warbucks mansion.

ICKES, PERKINS, HULL, MORGANTHAU, AND HOWE, All Males except Perkins, all voice types, 30-55: Members of President Roosevelt’s cabinet.

JUDGE BRANDEIS, Male, 50-55: Attorney & associate justice of the Supreme Court who is hired to help Warbucks legally adopt Annie.ANNIE Character Breakdown

Be a part of the holiday celebration at Desert Stages with A Christmas Story The Play!

Directed by Chris Chavez

Friday October 4th at 6pm
Check-in begins at 5:30pm

Auditions will consist of cold reads from the script.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to audition please email Chris Chavez at

Completed registration form (CLICK HERE to access the form)
Headshot or current photo

This show has not been pre-cast. All roles are open. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Nov 29th-Dec 22nd, 2019
Friday-Sundays with some added performances December 17th-19th, 2019

RALPH/THE COWBOY/ THE TREE LOT OWNER/THE DELIVERY MAN/THE VOICE OF A NEIGHBOR [Male, 30-45]The adult version of Ralphie and the narrator of the play. Charismatic, an engaging storyteller, full of life.Must be able to carry the entire play.

RALPHIE PARKER [Male, 8-12]Observant, mischievous, bright, with a vivid imagination and ability to come up with schemes. Must play nine years old.

MOTHER [Female, 30-45]The glue that holds the house together. More intelligent than she lets on, vibrant, warm, and caring.

THE OLD MAN/SANTA CLAUS [Male, 35-50]Ralphie’s father, a typical “family man”. Gruff and grumbly with a good heart. He loves his family, but does not overtly show it.

RANDY [Male, 6-11]A typical kid brother. Messy, needy, whiny, and immature, yet loveable. Needs to be able to snort like a pig. Must play six/seven years old.

MISS SHIELDS [Female, 25-45]Ralphie’s teacher. No nonsense, proper, strict, yet caring and at times, humorous. Character actor that can flip from fantasy to reality seamlessly.

FLICK/DESPERADO ONE [Male, 8-12]Ralphie’s best buddy and classmate. Outspoken, humorous, a push over with a lot of heart.Must play nine/ten years old.

SCHWARTZ/DESPERADO TWO [Male, 8-12]Ralphie’s friend and classmate. Accused of teaching Ralphie the four-letter word. Just as much personality as Flick. Must play nine/ten years old.

ESTHER JANE ALBERRY [Female, 8-12]Shy and sweet, with a slight crush on Ralphie. Must play nine/ten years old.

HELEN WEATHERS [Female, 8-12]Extremely intelligent, high-achiever, confident. A non-nonsense type of girl. Must play nine/ten years old.

SCOUT FARKAS/BLACK BART [Male, 9-13]The Stereotypical School yard bully who constantly harasses Ralphie and his friends. Wears a permanent scowl on his face. He should appear very intimidating, slightly older and bigger than the rest of the kids.