Leapin’ lizards! New Britain Youth Theater begins its eighth season with auditions for the blockbuster musical Annie Jr. Based on the comic strip that debuted in 1924 and the Broadway production from 1977, the musical tells the familiar story of the young orphan Annie who is brought from her orphanage to spend Christmas with New York billionaire Oliver Warbucks. (The “junior” version of the musical is slightly adapted for young actors and audience.) The production will be directed by Darren Farrington, musical directed by Angela Klimaytis, and choreographed by Chelsea Derby.
All children and teens, ages 6 through 18, from any town and with or without prior experience, are welcome to audition. There are roles for older actors, roles for girls and boys, and many featured ensemble roles. Older children age 13 and up may also contact NBYT with interest in helping backstage.
Auditions are on Monday and Wednesday, September 11 and 13, at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley Street in New Britain (off Hartford Road (Route 71) near West Farms Mall)). Audition times both days begin at 6:00 p.m. Actors auditioning should prepare an upbeat musical theater or other song not from Annie and should bring sheet music if possible, or they will be given a song to sing. Girls interested specifically in the role of Annie may be asked to sing Tomorrow in addition to their audition song. Actors should also wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance steps. Rehearsals will also be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The production will be performed at the same location on December 8, 9 and 10.
To schedule an audition, call 860-515-8115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Because a large turnout is expected, preference will be given to actors who schedule audition times. Those cast will be asked to pay a participation fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment scheduling are available.
New Britain Youth Theater also offers drama classes and homeschool enrichment programs. More information about all programs is also available on the theater’s website at www.nbyt.org or by calling 860-515-8115 or emailing email@example.com.