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Auditions for 'Annie' set for Jan. 19-20

PROSSER - Valley Theater Company will conduct open auditions for its spring musical “Annie” on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19-20, with separate times for children and adults.

Auditions will be in the Green Room at the Princess Theatre in downtown Prosser.

“Annie” is the story of a plucky young orphan who tries to find her parents, who abandoned her years earlier on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage, run by cranky and cruel Miss Hannigan.

With the help of the other girls in the orphanage, Annie escapes to the magical world of NYC where she befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She eventually finds a new home and family with billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable dog named Sandy.

Director Paul Brooks invites girls ages 8 to 13 to audition for the roles of Annie and other orphans. He will audition children from 4 to 6 p.m. both days. Older teens and adults will audition from 7 to 9 p.m. both evenings.

All who audition will sing and have cold readings from the script. Those auditioning will learn a song at auditions or they may come with a prepared audition piece and the sheet music. A pianist will be provided.

Brooks plans to select approximately 35 cast members, including approximately eight girls for the roles of Annie and the other orphans. Other principal and supporting roles include Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks, Grace Farrell, Rooster Hannigan, Lily St. Regis, President Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, Bert Healy, Boylan Sisters, Lt. Ward and Drake. The ensemble cast and chorus include Warbucks’ mansion staff, Roosevelt’s cabinet and citizens of New York City.

Performance dates will be April 25-26 and May 2-3.

For more information, contact Brooks at 509-303-0367.

The Princess Theatre is located at 1228 Meade Ave. in downtown Prosser.

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