Auditions for the musical theater show Annie Jr. by Broadway Stars of Dance Arts Conservatory will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dance Arts Conservatory (11260 Fortune Circle, Suite J1, Wellington).
The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It has now been adapted for young performers in Annie Jr.
Broadway Stars of Dance Arts Conservatory is a musical theater works program that excels in bringing the arts alive on stage. Through an extensive 21-week program, students experience dancing, singing, acting, sets, props and costumes in a professional theater with professional sound equipment.
Producers Rocky and Dorie Duvall are both members of Actors Equity Association and bring their rich understanding of musical theater to the students, who have a passion for performance.
Roles are still available, and registration is still open. Roles for boys and girls, ages 7 to 18, are available for the parts of: Annie, Grace Farrell, Miss Hannigan, Rooster, Lily, Sandy, Warbucks, Molly, July, Kate, Duffy, Pepper, Tessie, Louis Howe, Bundles, Drake, Mrs. Greer, Mrs. Pugh, and servants, orphans, tourists and more. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing 32 bars. Student must provide their own sheet music or a CD of the accompaniment. A cappella auditions are discouraged. Be prepared to dance. Wear proper dance attire and footwear.
The program lasts 21 weeks, with rehearsals beginning Dec. 6, weekly, from noon to 3 p.m. The show is produced through Musical Theatre International and will take place May 9, 2015 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Two performances of Annie Jr. will be showcased in the historical and beautiful Crest Theatre/Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square in Delray Beach. There is professionally run sound, state-of-the-art lighting, spacious dressing rooms and a top-notch crew.
Direction and choreography is by Rocky Duvall and musical direction is by Marcus Davis.
Duvall has been performing all of his life. He got his start at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and completed his training on full scholarship with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance in Chicago. He has travelled extensively performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and worked successfully in all facets of the South Florida professional theatre community as a member of Actors Equity Association. Since moving to Wellington, for the past 11 years he has owned and operated the Dance Arts Conservatory with his wife, Dorie, and their combined artistic vision has created a diverse dance program from which their students emerge with a powerfully rounded dance experience.
Davis is originally from Charleston, W.V. He attended Shenandoah University’s Conservatory of Music in Winchester, Va., studying music theatre with a piano minor. He has since cultivated a career in professional theater and the creative arts. He has music directed productions of Aida, High School Musical, Hair, La Cage Aux Follles, Dames at Sea and Forever Plaid, to name a few.