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‘Annie Jr.’ auditions approaching

Auditions for Webster City Community Theatre’s Annie JR. aren’t “Tomorrow,” but they are coming soon.

Director Loween Getter and Music Director Dane Barner, with assistance from Angela Rottering, said try outs are Aug. 28 and 29 at 6 p.m. at the theatre, 1001 Willson Ave.

Scripts are available for three-day check out from the Kendall Young Library or by contacting Loween Getter at (515) 297-0846 or loweengetter@wmtel.net.

Students interested in auditioning should be entering fourth grade this fall, but not over 18 years of age at the time of the production.

Read-through is scheduled for Sept. 3, with a short five-week rehearsal period of up to four nights per week starting Sept. 5.

Production dates are Oct. 10-13. This is a change of dates from those previously announced.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. all four nights plus Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Auditions will include readings from the scripts, singing songs from the show, and dance steps.

Students are asked to bring along a list of any activities that would conflict with scheduled rehearsals and performances. The list should include all extracurricular, athletic, music, church, and community activities and family plans.

“Annie Jr.” is based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the musical by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. It tells the story of a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents in 1933.

The award-winning musical features familiar tunes, including “Maybe,” “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Tomorrow,” “Little Girls,” “I Think I’m Going to Like It Here,” “N.Y.C.,” “Easy Street,” “You Won’t Be an Orphan for Long,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile,” and “I Don’t Need Anything but You.”

Main characters in the play are Annie and several orphans at the New York Municipal Orphanage, plus Miss Hannigan, her brother Rooster, and his girlfriend Lily. Others are the millionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary, Grace Farrell; Drake, the butler; Annie’s canine friend Sandy; and Officer Ward.

Other participants will fill ensemble roles of Bundles McCloskey, the apple seller, dog catcher, servants, Bert Healy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Louis Howe, and the citizens of New York.

Those interested in joining the WCCT “village of volunteers” and helping behind the scenes or front-of-house are asked to contact Getter.

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