Characters in Annie

All adult members (including paid-up new members) are entitled to audition for all the adult roles, and assistance will be given in pre-audition rehearsals commencing on Monday 21st January.

Auditions for the Orphans (including Annie) are open but they must request an audition information and registration pack from Ian Stretch 01992 449176 or

Annie A street-wise orphan, she is eventually taken in by Oliver Warbucks. Plucky, spirited, energetic, friendly. Must have a big voice and strong dialogue. Also must be confident.
Oliver Warbucks A powerful, self-assured billionaire who always has his mind on business. While sometime gruff and abrupt he has a kind heart. At first, he is awkwardly affectionate toward Annie, but he soon finds himself completely charmed by her. Strong singer and actor required
Miss Agatha Hannigan Miss Hannigan is the evil orphanage matron and an alcoholic. Her distaste for her job and the children is obvious in every move she makes. She is predictable and funny in her ridiculous, cruel ways. Strong voice and character actress.
Grace Farrell She is beautiful and loyal private secretary to Oliver Warbucks. Grace is mature, calm and classy. She is business like when dealing with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, yet maternal toward Annie. Good singer and strong dialogue required – must be able to clearly show the two sides of Grace both business and maternal.
Daniel ‘Rooster’ Hannigan Miss Hannigan’s despicable brother. Rooster is flashy and self-assured. Sly and deceiving. Good voice and dialogue needed
Lily St. Regis Lily is Rooster’s airhead girlfriend. She is always distracted, although she manages to pick up on any conversation involving money.
Bert Healy A flamboyant and popular radio personality Good voice and charismatic
President Roosevelt The 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat and friend of Warbucks. Sings a short version of The sun will come out tomorrow and must command respect on stage.
Drake Warbucks’ butler. Must have good diction and stage presence.

Note that there are also many other characters that have solo lines, both dialogue and/or singing, that will be cast after the main auditions.


If you take on a principal role you are committing to do a lot of homework
throughout the 3 month rehearsal period and this begins before the audition. To
demonstrate your commitment to the audition panel you should prepare by
reading the entire script several times to understand exactly what the part
involves and how the character fits in to the story. Do your own research into the
background of the character and learn the audition dialogue and music. Directors
will usually give some general pointers as to how they see the character but most
are open-minded and want to see your interpretation.
The Friday Pre-Audition Rehearsal is designed to give you the opportunity to:
Bearing in mind that there are many other candidates waiting for their turn,
your session with the readers should take no more than about 10 minutes. This is
not an opportunity for you to ask how you should play the part or deliver a line. lf
you need that sort of help or advice. you should arrange it privately with a
suitable person (not the Director) at another time. 

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