400 YOUNG hopefuls will storm the doors of West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday in a bid to win the lead role in this year’s Christmas family-spectacular Annie.
Aged between 8-15, talented young performers will audition in groups of 20, showing off their singing and dancing skills.
Director Nikolai Foster will be looking for the perfect fit for feisty Annie and her band of lively orphans from these open auditions.
Thirty girls will be selected as Annie will be played by three girls and two teams of girls will be created to play the orphans.
It’s an all time family classic featuring showstoppers like It’s A Hard Knock Life, Tomorrow, Easy Street and Fully Dressed and this is the first new UK production for a decade.
The story is a familiar one to musical fans as Annie is determined to find her parents and escape the clutches of the liquor-loving orphanage matron Miss Hannigan.
Resilient, inventive and willing to try anything the lovable Annie gets lucky when a chance meeting with Manhattan billionaire Oliver Warbucks’ personal secretary results in an invitation to spend Christmas at his mansion.
Won over by Annie’s adorable charm Warbucks will do anything to make her happy, even if that means losing her to her real parents. But his life of unlimited luxury lies in stark contrast to the austerity of the Great Depression, and Warbucks unwittingly places Annie at the centre of a dark and desperate plot for money instigated by Miss Hannigan and her ruthless brother Rooster.
Directed by Nikolai Foster and designed by Colin Richmond, this production, set in the midst of America’s Great Depression of the 1930s, reunites the team behind last year’s critically acclaimed A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Annie and her band of orphans take charge of the Quarry stage from 21 November – 21 January 2012.
ANNIE tickets can be booked by visiting www.wyp.org.uk or calling the box office on 0113 213 7700.