‘Annie, the Musical’ auditions this Friday, Saturday

“Joe” the Labradoodle has been cast in the role of “Sandy” in the upcoming production of “Annie, the Musical.” Human auditions are this Friday and Saturday at the Robson Performing Arts Center in Claremore.

Auditions for roles in the musical version of “Annie” will be this weekend in Claremore.

Robson PAC in Claremore will be hosting open auditions for roles in its upcoming production of “Annie, The Musical” Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16.

Human roles at least.

Last week, the role of Sandy was cast to Joe the Labradoodle, owned by local couple Terrie and Steve Neely.

“We were so fortunate to have Joe brought to us to audition for the part of Annie’s best friend/pet, Sandy,” said Ruby Quinn, Robson Performing Arts Center executive director. “I’m sure Joe won’t mind going by ‘Sandy’ for the next few months (of rehearsals).”

Auditions Friday and Saturday will be for children and adults alike.

Based on the Harold Gray comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, “Annie” was written in 1976, and includes songs such as “Tomorrow,” “You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “It's a Hard Knock Life.”

Quinn said roles will be available to actors from ages six to 96.

“This show will have it all — from orphans to the President of the United States,” she said. “We hope to have a great turn-out for children and adults.”

Children's auditions (up to ninth grade) are 4 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday.

“If your child is interested in a major roll, such as an orphan, he or she is welcome to prepare a short one-minute song,” Quinn said. “Feel free to bring accompaniment music or sheet music, although it’s not necessary to prepare a solo to be part of the production.

“Auditions will consist of reading from the script,” she said. “An audition packet is available at the Robson Performing Arts Center or you can call me and give me your e-mail address — I’ll send you a digital copy.”

Adult auditions (10th grade to adulthood) will be 7 p.m. Friday at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

“We have major rolls such as Miss Hannigan, Lilly, Rooster, FDR and others that sing and if you would like to prepare a song, we’d love to hear it,” Quinn said. “Again, it’s not vital to prepare a song, but people who audition should be prepared for our musical director, Ruiel Doonkeen to hear them sing a few notes.

“This is our Christmas show, and we’ll start rehearsals in October,” she said. “Rehearsals will be mostly Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays at 6 p.m., with a few dance rehearsals on a Saturday or two.

“We’ll be staying off of all holidays,” she said. “The show will be performed on Dec. 15 and 16 in the main theatre of the (Robson) PAC, so we would invite all local talent to come out this weekend and audition.

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