The sun will come out in August.
The beloved musical “Annie Jr.” is set to take the Park Theater stage Aug. 18-20, the fourth local production of Dream Reality Group.
“This will be the first Broadway show I’ve ever done so I’m ecstatic about it,” said director Logan Taylor. “This is the real Annie. It’s just as funny and just as heartfelt and it has the same songs everybody loves. It’s ‘Annie Jr.’ because it’s one act instead of two.”
Auditions for “Annie Jr.” are set for this Saturday, May 21, at WCHS. The play comes on the heels of three previous Park Theater plays produced by Dream Reality Group. They are “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White,” and “Aladdin.”
“This is a great opportunity for us to utilize a number of young people in our community,” said Taylor. “In past shows we’ve had a number of teenagers, but with Annie we’re going to have a lot of roles for younger students. I know we have some great talent here to fill the roles.”
“Annie Jr.” is the classic musical about a red-headed orphan who endures hard times under the firm hand of Miss Hannigan at the orphanage. Annie briefly escapes the orphanage, befriends a dog, and eventually makes her way to the mansion of billionaire Daddy Warbucks when he seeks the company of an orphan for Christmas.
Auditions are for male and female actors, singers and dancers ages 9 to 18. Auditions will be held at WCHS auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. for ages 14 to 18, and at 2 p.m. for ages 9 to 13. There are many feature roles for strong vocalists and dancers, and also for those who only act.
Taylor encourages anyone interested to audition.
“A lot of people are apprehensive because they can’t dance or they can’t sing,” said Taylor. “Personally, I can’t dance either so I understand if you can’t do certain things. What we’re looking for is hard-working people who are passionate about it.”
Taylor said they will be looking to cast 50 to 65 people.