Kevin Edgar
Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Spring Musical - Annie JR

We are preparing to put on a Spring Musical production and need your help! In order for this show to be a success we will need as much involvement from student, faculty and community as possible both onstage and behind the scenes. This will be open to grades 3 through 12, the role of Annie will be open to 5-7 grade and all Adult characters will be for Jr High and High School, the Orphans will be for grades 3-7. I cannot wait to create something wonderful with you!

The commitment to a fully produced show is just like a sports commitment. It takes many many hours of preparation and skill building. The specific approach we will be utilizing is called Play Theory and focuses on developing the character of a person first, and building theatrical skills second. The skills used on stage are essential in everyday life: communication, empathy, presentation, selflessness, being present, posture, diction, and on and on.

We will not turn away anyone that wants to be in the show, the purpose of holding auditions is to pick the speaking/singing roles for the show. If a student wants to be considered for any speaking/singing role they must audition. We want to make this as simple a process as possible so no one feels intimidated. Auditions will only be performed for part of the production team, not in front of other students.

Volunteers Needed

  • We will need each of these roles filled, some will need more than 1 and several can be combined, production team will start meeting in the fall to have the show plan in place before the actors are chosen:
  • Director - Emily Barton
  • Music Director (And a pianist good at sight reading for auditions)
  • Stage Manager (Prefer an adult, but could be a student. Second in command to the director)
  • Costume Designer
  • Choreographer - Emily Barton (and more)
  • Sound technician
  • Light designer/technician
  • Props manager
  • Stage crew (only involved for tech week and a week or two before the show, reports to stage manager)
  • Make-up designer
  • Set designer/builders

2. Production Team meeting Feb fri 1st


1. Mandatory Parent/Student Meeting Feb. Monday 11th

2.  Auditions Feb 14-15 (students will sign up for a time 1 of these dates)

3. Call-Backs (to determine speaking roles) Feb 16th

4. Rehearsals start the week of Feb mon 18th (rehearsal time will vary by age group, and ensemble or lead roles)

  • 2-3 days a week to start from Feb-March
  • 3-4 days a week all of April

5. Tech Week April tues 30th to May thur 9th

6. Performances May 10th, 11th

*Those students who play in sports that end during our rehearsal process can still participate, we will just need to know when they can start at rehearsals ahead of time.

What to Prepare For an Audition

Auditions are done in two parts, the performance of a monologue and a musical piece. The monologue should be memorized and 16 and 30 measures of a piece of music, you can bring the sheet music or perform acapella.

I will have selections from the show available for this, although students are welcome to prepare their own selections. For anyone that needs a monologue I am happy to help them look through my books to select one.  

If you are interested in volunteering in any way please email me:

Or you can reach out to me on the Sanford Drama Program Facebook page:

I look forward to working with you!