School Play: Annie -

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Registered: 01-18-2006
School Play: Annie -
Fri, 01-20-2006 - 10:28am

I have NO idea on what board to post this:

I'm looking for parents & teachers familiar with dramatics - particularly the play ANNIE & its characters.

I need suggestions in casting.

Got an idea of a better board? or Know the play well yourself?

I need more characterization for the Main Orphan Girls......

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Fri, 01-20-2006 - 8:03pm

I wish I could help, but that's one I've never been involved with. I've seen the movie, but not the play, so I'm pretty useless for this one. I hope there is someone else that can help you out. Have you tried posting on the Teaching board? This one is all teachers. Parents also participate on Teaching.




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Registered: 02-17-2004
Fri, 01-20-2006 - 11:51pm

Personally, I've seen the play but never directed it, and to be honest, I'm not a fan(but that's really a personal preference) At any rate, as a former drama teacher, I'd be glad to offer some advice if you'd clarify: Are you directing the show and trying to select a cast, or are you looking to choose material for an audition? Or are you involved in some other way?

Reading over your post it seems that you are directing it, but I'm un-clear. Does the script not provide any information about the characterization of the main orphan girls?

I would say, if there is nothing in the text that indicates an orphan has to be a certain way (if one character comments on another characters' hair/eye/skin color or the script describes a character a certain way) than you as the director are free to interpret however you like. One thing to keep in mind is that the script often includes stage directions and descriptions not written by the author, but added to the 'acting edition' by the publishers and usually taken from the stage managers prompt book of the original production.

And of course, unless you are specifically trying to re-create the original production in revival fashion, you should feel free to change anything not affecting the storyline directly (just be mindful of copyright! You can't change lines without permission, but whether she's wearing a blue dress or a green dress is really up to you unless the lines in the text refer to the dress color)

Hope that helps a little,

If you have more specific questions, I'm also a member of a very active e-mail drama teachers group and could pass the questions along to the them if you like. I'm sure one of the 300+ members has directed the show.