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Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre


MAY 6, 7, 8, 6PM – 8PM  MAY 11 9AM – NOON

The Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre (GAFT), proudly announces auditions for their 40th Summer Musical, ANNIE. Auditions will be held Monday, May 6, Tuesday, May 7 and Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 –8:00 and Saturday, May 11, 9:00 – 12:00 at the Gladwin Community Building. Show dates are July 10, 11, 12 and 13. Directed by Yvette Keast, there are roles for lots of children (5-19), teens, young adults, and not so young adults!! Please note: All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the performance.
Of course, there are those you know; Daddy Warbucks, Annie, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily St. Regis, Grace Farrell (Warbucks’ secretary), 6 female orphans Molly(youngest), Pepper(toughest), Duffy(oldest), July(quietest), Tessie (crybaby), Kate (next to youngest), President Roosevelt, Bert Healy, and The Boylan Sisters! But we also need the mansion staff ensemble, Bundles the laundry man, street vendors, police officers, Roosevelt’s cabinet, Supreme Court Justice and NYC homeless, orphans, and vibrant city people alive in the posh streets! If you play an instrument and would like to be in the orchestra, you may contact Eric Vinciquerra, director, (517)652-9196. There is always a need for costumers, hair and make-up people, lighting and sound technicians, and set builders and painters as well. Come find out what you can do for this celebratory production.
If you are not familiar with this show, the plot is simple. In the depths of the 1930’s, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munition’s industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she charms the hearts of the household staff and even the seemingly cold-hearted Warbucks cannot help but learn to love this wonderful girl. He decides to help Annie find her long lost parents by offering a reward if they would come to him and prove their identity. However, Miss Hannigan, her evil brother, Rooster, and a female accomplice, plan to impersonate those people to get the reward for themselves, which puts Annie in great danger. “Easy Street” sets the scene of the depths to which people will go to get want they want…and now the plot thickens putting everyone on the edge of their seats to see how this will end.
The most recognized song from the show Tomorrow, sung first by Annie, then the orphans, house staff, President Roosevelt, his cabinet and Daddy Warbucks will resonate a truth of life which will keep you singing it days and weeks after the show closes. Many great songs and dance numbers are a part of this wonderful spectacle of sight, sound, color, costumes, set, NYC and the heart of us all. Plan now to come and bring your family, children, friends and whomever to enjoy as GAFT celebrates 40 years of theatre in the Gladwin area and entertains you once again with great performances right here in our area.
Director Yvette Keast says, “Come out and audition to be in the GAFT 40th Summer Musical performed on the big stage in the Amphitheatre. This classic story will touch the hearts of our audiences and cast members will create a ‘theatre family’ of their own!” GAFT produced this show over 12 years ago and are hoping to get some of the original performers out for this anniversary celebration. If you or someone you know and are in contact with were in this original production, please let them know. You can contact Yvette at 989.802.1771, for more information.