New Britain Youth Theater casting 'Annie Jr.'

Published on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:43
Written by Angie DeRosa

Staff Writer

NEW BRITAIN-Now in its eighth season, the New Britain Youth Theater is seeking talent for its rendition of the musical “Annie Jr.”

Based on the comic strip started in 1924 and Broadway production from 1977, “Annie” is about a young orphan by the title name who is brought from her orphanage to spend Christmas with New York billionaire Oliver Warbucks. The junior version is adapted for young actors and audience members.

Auditions will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Holmes Elementary School at 2150 Stanley St. beginning at 6 p.m.

All children and young adults’ ages 6 through 18 – regardless of skill level or experience – can audition for a part. Older kids ages 13 and up can also contact the theater if they are interested in helping backstage.

Those auditioning should prepare an upbeat musical theater or other song not from “Annie.” They should also bring sheet music for their song choice, or they will be given a song to sing instead.

For girls specifically interested in the role of Annie, they may be asked to sing “Tomorrow” in addition to their audition song.

Actors should make sure to wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to learn a few dance moves.

Once casted, rehearsals will also be held on Monday and Wednesday nights. The production will be performed at the school Dec. 8-10.

“Annie Jr.” will be directed by Darren Farrington, musical directed by Angela Klimaytis and choreographed by Chelsea Derby.

To schedule an audition call the youth theater at 860-515-8115 or email Children and teens can still show up without an appointment, but preference will be given to actors who schedule an audition time

Those selected for roles will be asked to pay a participating fee of $150, but partial financial waivers and payment plans are available.

Angie DeRosa can be reached at 860-801-5063 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, , General News, New Britain on Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:43. Updated: Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:45.