Cast size: Large, 20 plus Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Martin Charnin Book by Thomas Meehan Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, :Little Orphan Annie

Broadway Kids | kids musical | Large 20 plus

  • About the Show

    One Act Book Musical

    Broadway Junior Version - MTI's Broadway Junior Collection includes some of Broadway's best-loved musicals which have been specially adapted for young performers-abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.

    It's upbeat plot and flamboyant characters have made Annie one of the most beloved musicals in history what girl hasn't dreamed of performing the title role or playing the outrageous Miss Hannigan? Cast size is flexible, and the age range of the parts makes Annie Junior ideal for productions involving different grade levels, or for middle school where students may be maturing at different rates. The bright, tuneful score is easy to sing and filled with familiar numbers.

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    Synopsis

    It is 3 A.M. on a chilly morning in early December, 1933. Six orphans are asleep in the dormitory of the Girls' Annex of The New York City Municipal Orphanage. The orphans are Molly, the littlest, who is six; Kate, the next-to-littlest, who is seven; Tessie, the crybaby, who is ten; Pepper, the toughest, who is twelve; July, the quietest, who is thirteen; and Duffy, the biggest, who is also thirteen. Molly is just waking up from a dream and crying out for her mother. The other orphans wake up and begin arguing. Annie, who is eleven and has been up cleaning, runs in. Annie comforts Molly, who begs her to read the note that Annie's parents left when they abandoned her. Pepper reminds the group that they also left Annie one-half of a silver locket and kept the other half with a promise to reclaim her one day. Annie then pulls Molly close to her and sings about the parents she imagines, but has never known. The other orphans join her ("Maybe"). Thinking about her parents inspires Annie to run away from the orphanage to search for them. She packs a bag and is ready to leave when she is discovered by Miss Hannigan, the villainous director of the orphanage. Miss Hannigan makes all the orphans get up to scrub floors and strip the beds to "pay" for Annie's misbehavior. Their complaints that it is four o'clock in the morning fall on deaf ears. As they clean, the orphans complain about their difficult circumstances ("Hard-Knock Life").

    In the morning, when Bundles McCloskey, the laundry man, comes to make a pick-up from the orphanage, the orphans take advantage of the fact he is flirting with Miss Hannigan and sneak Annie out of the building in a laundry bag. Realizing Annie has escaped, Miss Hannigan calls for the police as the orphans celebrate ("Hard-Knock Life-Reprise").

    Annie is on a street lined with tenements when she encounters a mutt, who is being chased by dog catchers. She rescues him and sings "Tomorrow," expressing her feelings that both she and the dog have to believe everything will be fine for them in the future. When a policeman makes her prove the mutt is her dog, she names it Sandy on the spot and then calls it to come to her. The dog miraculously responds and they become a team.

    Back at the orphanage, Miss Hannigan is being tormented by the orphans. She expresses her disgust with her lot in life as the keeper of "Little Girls." The policeman arrives and returns Annie. As Miss Hannigan is threatening Annie, Grace Farrell, an attractive, well-dressed young woman, enters carrying an attaché case. She is the private secretary to the billionaire Oliver Warbucks, who wants to invite an orphan to his mansion for Christmas. Annie campaigns for the opportunity but Miss Hannigan does everything in her power to discredit Annie. Grace is instantly drawn to Annie and is determined to bring her to the Warbucks mansion. She demands that Miss Hannigan sign the required papers and she escorts Annie to a waiting limousine. Miss Hannigan fumes as the orphans celebrate ("Little Girls-Reprise").

    Grace brings Annie to Mr. Warbucks' mansion and introduces her to the servants. Annie is in awe of her new surroundings and she is made to feel completely welcome by the staff ("I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here"). Oliver Warbucks arrives on the scene. He is a powerful figure in the country and a pivotal player in the current economic crisis. He rarely stops thinking about business and is taken aback by Annie's appearance in his house. He had expected the orphan to be a boy and is puzzled by the prospect of dealing with a little girl. Yet almost immediately he feels a deep connection to Annie's spunk and personality, which remind him of his own humble beginnings. Contrary to his usual behavior, he decides to take a night off. Warbucks escorts Annie to see a movie at the Roxy, treats her to an ice cream soda and a hansom cab ride around Central Park.

    As she tours New York with Warbucks and Grace, Annie sees the city in a new way ("N.Y.C."). At the end of the evening, Annie is exhausted and Warbucks carries her home. As they leave Times Square, the faithful Sandy enters and then forlornly wanders off in search of Annie.

    Grace arrives at the orphanage to tell Miss Hannigan that Oliver Warbucks wants to adopt Annie. She leaves just as Miss Hannigan's brother, Rooster, arrives with his girlfriend, Lily. Rooster has come to borrow money from his sister. Miss Hannigan shares the news of Annie's pending adoption by Warbucks. The siblings lament their misfortunes ("Easy Street").

    Warbucks is talking to the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. A package from Tiffany & Co. arrives, which contains a silver locket for Annie. Warbucks tells Annie that he wants to adopt her and gives her the locket. Instead of the happy response he imagined, Annie begins to weep. When he learns about her dream of finding her parents and the secret of the half-locket she has treasured for so long, he sets his own feelings aside and orders an exhaustive search for Annie's parents. Warbucks laments his loss, but is resolved to find Annie's real parents ("You Won't Be An Orphan For Long").

    Annie and Warbucks are guests on the popular Bert Healy radio show ("Maybe-Reprise"). They make a plea for Annie's parents to return and Warbucks offers $50,000 to anyone who can prove they are her mother and father.

    The orphans are listening to Bert Healy's radio show and sing their own version of Bert Healy's signature song, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile." Miss Hannigan, furious about Annie's good fortune, sends them out of the room. Rooster and Lily arrive, disguised as Ralph and Shirley Mudge, claiming to be Annie's parents. They reveal their identity to Miss Hannigan and share their plot to claim Annie and the $50,000 reward. Once they have the money, the trio plan to do away with Annie and live in the lap of luxury ("Easy Street-Reprise").

    At the mansion, Annie and Warbucks discover that Grace has interviewed and dismissed hundreds of people claiming to be Annie's parents-no one mentioned anything about a locket. The F.B.I. has also reported that the purchasers of the locket cannot be traced. It appears that Annie's quest cannot have a happy ending. Warbucks declares his intention to adopt Annie, and Annie accepts. Preparations are set in motion for a party to celebrate the adoption. Annie and Warbucks express their delight with the idea of becoming father and daughter ("I Don't Need Anything But You"). Just then, Rooster and Lily, disguised as Ralph and Shirley Mudge, appear with the other half of Annie's locket.

    They also have Annie's birth certificate, which has been supplied by Miss Hannigan. They announce their intention to take Annie home to live with them in New Jersey. Warbucks convinces them to let Annie spend Christmas with him at the mansion. The Mudges can pick her up the next day. Rooster and Lily agree and leave. Everyone toasts Annie Mudge, but Annie breaks into tears and runs upstairs. Grace confesses to Warbucks she believes she has seen Mudge before.

    The next morning, Annie waits apprehensively for the Mudges to claim her ("Maybe-Second Reprise"). President Roosevelt arrives with the news that the F.B.I. has analyzed the handwriting on the note Annie's parents left behind to trace their identity. The investigation revealed her real parents were named David and Margaret Bennett and that they are dead. The Mudges are impostors. Annie and Warbucks declare their love for each other. They realize only Miss Hannigan could have given the Mudges the locket and birth certificate. Miss Hannigan arrives with the orphans to celebrate Christmas. As the Mudges arrive to claim Annie, another communication from the F.B.I. reveals their true identities as Rooster and Lilly. Miss Hannigan tries to save herself by pretending to have no association with them and begins leading the orphans in Christmas carols. All three are hauled off to jail and Roosevelt promises they will have a much better life in the future - a "New Deal" ("Tomorrow-Reprise"). A huge package arrives for Annie; when she opens it Sandy jumps into her arms.

    Musical Numbers

    Maybe
    It's the Hard Knock Life
    It's the Hard Knock Life (Reprise)
    Tomorrow
    Little Girls
    Little Girls (Reprise)
    I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here
    NYC
    Easy STreet
    You Won't Be an Orphan For Long
    Maybe (Reprise)
    You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile
    Easy Street (Reprise)
    I Don't Need Anything But You
    Maybe (Reprise)
    Tomorrow (Reprise)

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Large (over 20), Flexible
    Cast Type: Children in Cast, Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles, Strong/Large Chorus
    Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional)
    Character Breakdown
    ADDITONAL ORPHANS
    ANNETTE
    ANNIE Annie is a complex little girl. She is a tough, streetwise urchin who is nevertheless vulnerable when she thinks she might lose what has become most important to her: a newfound family who loves her. She has to be motherly in scene one, independent in scene two, overwhelmed in scenes four and five, needy in scene seven, and hopeful for the future in scenes ten and eleven. The actor who plays Annie must be strong vocally and musically. She must be capable of vocal projection without strain. Although she is at times aggressive or crafty, the audience should never doubt Annie is a friendly and caring child; she will go to any extent to gain the love of a family to which she can belong.
    G (below middle C) - High F
    APPLE SELLER
    BERT HEALY
    BUNDLES McCLOSKEY
    CECILLE
    DOGCATCHER
    DRAKE Fastidious domestic help, proud, fun character, good singer.
    A - D
    DUFFY The biggest orphan
    13 years old
    C - D
    GRACE FARRELL Warbucks' assistant, calm, cool, mature, classy, sophisticated and businesslike.
    A flat - High F sharp
    JULY The quietest orphan
    13 years old
    G - C
    KATE The next-to-littlest orphan
    7 years old
    C - D
    LILY ST. REGIS Distracted airhead, a bit bumbling, girlfriend to Rooster. Good singer and actress, moves well.
    B flat - E flat
    LOUISE HOWE
    LT. WARD
    MAN IN BROWNSTONE WINDOW
    MISS HANNIGAN This woman is definitely a "has-been." Her distaste for her job and the children that are part of it should be obvious in every line she speaks, every song she sings and every move she makes. The student who plays her must have an excellent sense of comic timing. The acrid delivery of her lines and the torch-like rendition of her songs must distinguish her from the other characters in the show.
    G - High D
    MOLLY The littlest orphan
    6 years old
    A flat - B
    MRS. GREER Fastidious domestic help, proud, fun character, good singer.
    A - D
    MRS. PUGH Fastidious domestic help, proud, fun character, good singer.
    A - F sharp
    OLIVER WARBUCKS Self assured, confident--most challenging role in show for student. Capable of showing emotional transformation and maturity. Good singer.
    A flat - E flat
    PEPPER The toughest orphan
    12 years old
    C - D
    POLICEMAN
    PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
    RADIO ANNOUNCER
    ROOSTER HANNIGAN Flashy, self-assured, "bad guy," brother to Miss Hannigan. Good singer and actor, moves well.
    G - E flat
    SANDY
    SERVANTS
    SOUND EFFECTS MAN
    STAR-TO-BE
    TESSIE The crybaby orphan
    10 years old
    A - D
    USHERETTE

    Rehearsal Set

    The following materials are provided in the Showkit
    20 x Student Books
    1 x Director's Script
    1 x Accompaniment and Guide Vocal CDs
    1 x Choreographic DVD
    20 x Family Matters
    1 x Piano Vocal Score

    Orchestration

    Performance CD provided in your Showkit

    Resources

    Logo Pack
    Production Slides

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