“Annie” is such a wonderful show that it has to be reprised every few years, so the Signal Mountain Playhouse is thrilled to bring the classic back to its Glenn Showalter Stage this July. Auditions are coming up in very early May, so you’ll want to mark your calendars to be a part of this all-time favorite, either on stage or backstage.
Auditions will be held at the Playhouse amphitheater on the corner of Rolling Way and James Boulevard on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 and 5. On Saturday, May 4, they will take place from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for kids 9 to 12, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for older teens and adults. On Sunday, May 5, they will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for all ages (over 9 years). Callbacks will be Monday evening, and rehearsals will begin on May 20 for adults and May 28 for kids. The show includes lots of kids, teens, and adults. Included in the characters are FDR and members of his close circle!
If you are cast for the show, June 20 will be the last day that you can miss a rehearsal. This is very important because the scenes will be put together then and staging assignments will be set.
Production dates for the show are July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27.
“Annie” is going to be a blast with the great professionals lined up to direct. Allan Ledford is returning to the director’s chair after a hiatus of a few years. Jennifer Arbogast Wilson will be musical director this time around. She’s directed and choreographed for the local troupe, as well. Nicholas Hartline returns to the rostrum of the Playhouse Orchestra, and making her debut with the Playhouse, Lindsay Fussell will choreograph. The organization is so proud of these professionals and especially welcomes Lindsay, an icon in the world of dance in our area. If you or your child participates in “Annie,” you or that child will have the benefit of learning from some of the greatest talents in our part of the country.
Auditions are very casual, and it’s not necessary to have a song prepared in advance. The songs from the show will be taught on site along with some simple dance moves. Scenes from the show will be read in addition, with these parts being passed around. Everyone auditioning should wear closed-toe shoes because construction will be taking place on the stage.
For more information about “Annie” or the Signal Mountain Playhouse, go to smph.org, the Playhouse page on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (423) 763-7219.