The Regals Musical Society is set to stage the Broadway favourite Annie for 8 performances only this October. As the last non-pro company granted the rights before the professional production begins in December, Annie promises to delight audiences of all ages, considering the fact that it is a cast of all ages, from the little Orphans to Daddy Warbucks himself.
Casting to find the talented group of performers began in May and spread over two weeks, produced a staggering number of young auditionees all hoping for their chance at playing the iconic role of Annie.
Presented with the mammoth task of finding a core cast of 16 juvenile principles and an orphan ensemble, the production team – headed by director Meg Day – were astounded at the talent that walked through the door which in turn made the process a little harder than they had originally anticipated. “Thankfully, we had a very good system in place," says Day. "[We] were able to categorize children into roles quite quickly making the casting process slightly easier (or at least more organized). Another challenge was making the auditions a fun process for the children and in doing so getting their best performances. We saw so many nervous children that clearly were not performing at their best purely because of nerves, so taking the time to settle them and make them feel comfortable became important."
The hard work, however, clearly paid off leaving the team tremendously excited about their star discoveries, namely Zoe Ioannou & Morgan Townsend in the title role of Annie.
Regals have been lucky to secure a stellar adult cast in the leading roles including Michele Lansdown, Lachlan O’Brien, Jess Shirley, Brad Clarke, Adiele Battam and Jon Prowse – all names and faces that community theatre go-ers would be familiar with. Whilst the show will certainly be a faithful reproduction of the much loved musical score & libretto, the visuals will be anything but.
Described as “Annie – Tim Burton style” with elements of “Willy Wonker”, audiences are in store for a sensory treat. Regals are consistently known for producing a high caliber production and Annie will be no different with an amazing purpose built set, lavish costumes and top-notch sound & lighting.
Performances are at the Sydney Technical High School –Auditorium 686 Forest Rd Bexley from October 14th to the 22nd. For bookings, please call the ticket hotline on 0449 REGALS or go to www.theregals.com.au. Many performances are close to selling out so call now!