Ignite Audition Basics: Auditioners should come prepared with 16-32 bars of a song (sheet music or CD without vocals). A cappella singing is permitted but not preferred. Auditioners should be prepared and come dressed to learn a short dance combination. Choreography combination will be available on Ignite’s YouTube Channel youtube.com/ignitewithus one week before any audition.
All performers MUST be available for all tech week rehearsals and performance dates
Annie Jr.- January 13&14
Those auditioning for the role of "Annie" should be prepared with a one minute comedic monologue.
Annie- Annie is a complex little girl. She is a tough, streetwise urchin who is nevertheless vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: a newfound "family" who loves her. She has to be motherly in scene one, independent in scene two, overwhelmed in scenes four and five, needy in scene seven, and hopeful for the future in scenes ten and eleven. The actor who plays Annie must be strong vocally and musically. She must be capable of vocal projection without strain. She also needs a good understanding of subtext so she can act appropriately during the various scenes between Warbucks and Grace, and Miss Hannigan and Grace. Although she is at times aggressive or crafty, the audience should never doubt Annie is a friendly and caring child; she will go to any extent to gain the love of a family to which she can belong. Gender: Female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Molly, Tessie, July, Duffy, Kate and Pepper. These girls are gritty, neglected and vulnerable, yet basically honest and potentially lovable. The actors portraying them must be able to have mischievous fun with each other as well as "sibling-style" fights. Each performer should be able to create and shape her own character. Children auditioning for these roles need to have vocal strength and be visually expressive. All of their blocking and movements must appear motivated and strong. Gender: Female
Miss Hannigan- This woman is definitely a "has-been." Her distaste for her job and the children that are part of it should be obvious in every line she speaks, every song she sings and every move she makes. The performer who plays her must have an excellent sense of comic timing. The acrid delivery of her lines and the torch-like rendition of her songs must distinguish her from the other characters in the show. Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: G3
Grace Farrell- Grace is mature, calm, cool and "together." She is classy and businesslike when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. The performer playing Grace can set herself apart from the other characters simply by the sophisticated way she walks. Grace should seem ready with an answer for just about anything. Each dramatic situation should seem to come "under control" the moment she glides into a scene. The performer playing Grace must be able to negotiate the challenging intervals in "N.Y.C." Gender: Female Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Rooster-Rooster and Lily are quite the team -- "team" being the operative word, as the characters play off each other constantly. You might consider casting students of contrasting heights. Rooster can even be shorter than Lily; after all, these two are not to be taken too seriously! Rooster is flashy and self-assured. His "moves" should be as smooth as a gambler's, as should be the message he sells in "Easy Street." "Easy Street" is the most challenging number in the show, in terms of vocal range. Gender: Male Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Lily- Rooster and Lily are quite the team -- "team" being the operative word, as the characters play off each other constantly. You might consider casting students of contrasting heights. Rooster can even be shorter than Lily; after all, these two are not to be taken too seriously! Lily (airhead that she is) is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money. She never acts as the leader, always bringing up the rear while tripping over her own feet (it is difficult to walk and check your makeup in a compact at the same time). "Easy Street" is the most challenging number in the show, in terms of vocal range. Gender: Female Vocal range top: Eb5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
Warbucks-He must appear middle-aged, self-assured and confident. At first awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. He begins his transformation when he views "N.Y.C." through Annie's eyes and falls in love with the city again...and with her. The performer who plays Warbucks will need to be extremely focused throughout the show. His posture, walk and speech patterns are very important. (Shaved head optional!) Gender: Male Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3
Sandy In this production, Sandy is played by a human. Sandy is Annie's canine friend and scrappy in her own right. This dog also has to sing.Gender: Both
Servants (Drake, Mrs. Greer and Mrs. Pugh) From the moment these characters enter the acting area, their presence, posture and speech should suggest the most fastidious of domestic help. Their heads are always held high and they rarely show their emotions. These roles are not difficult to sing, and creative students will have many opportunities to create charming characters of various ages. Gender: Both Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3 Additional Characters
Ensemble- Orphans, Residents of New York, Warbucks Staff- LOTS of singing and dancing. We will be looking for a very strong ensemble for this production!
Auditions April 27/28 Callbacks May 2
Open to performers 13-20. MUST be 13 at time of audition
A wrongfully imprisoned barber seeking to right the wrongs committed against him. He is Johanna's father, singularly focused on taking bloody revenge. Our story's tormented protagonist.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: Gb4 Vocal range bottom: F2
An entrepreneurial and amoral meat pie shop owner. She falls in love with Todd and turns his desire for revenge into a profitable business venture.
Gender: Female Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: G3
A naive and youthful sailor returning to London. He helps Todd return to London and unexpectedly falls in love with Johanna.
Gender: Male Vocal range top: F4 Vocal range bottom: Bb2
A spritely girl, full of innocence, constantly yearning for freedom. Todd's long-lost daughter and Turpin's ward. Gender: Female
Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: Bb3
A poor youngster apprenticed to Pirelli. He finds a surrogate family in Todd and Lovett.
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
A lecherous public official who portrays himself as a sanctimonious authoritarian. He takes advantage of his position in the city and is responsible for imprisoning Todd.
Vocal range top: Gb4
Vocal range bottom: E2
A pompous public official. He is deeply loyal to the corrupt Turpin.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3
A deranged and schizophrenic woman who harbors a dark, surprising secret.
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: Ab3
A flamboyant Italian rival barber; a charlatan with a secret past.
Vocal range top: C5
Vocal range bottom: B2
The owner of Fogg's Asylum. He sells the hair of madmen to wigmakers.
Townspeople; Policemen; Lunatics