Annie Auditions

Annie is open to students currently in 2nd through 12th grades.
Every child who auditions will be cast in this production, which is unique in Dubuque!

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.


August 7 and 8 – 10am
August 7, 8, 9 & 10 – 7:30pm
August 10 & 11 – 2pm

Director and Choreographer
Megan Schumacher

Music Director
Cody Jacobson

Audition Times
Saturday, June 1: 9AM – Noon
Sunday, June 2: 2-7PM

Audition Location:

Auditions will be held at Terence Donaghoe Hall on the campus of Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Drive. Feel free to park in the lot next to the building and enter through the front doors.

Those interested in auditioning do not need to sign-up for a specific time, nor do they have to come to all of the times. Auditionees will check-in upon arrival and go into the audition space once it is their turn. They can leave once they have completed their audition.


  • Digital audition form. Fill this out prior to your arrival by clicking the button below to save time at auditions. Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflicts or potential conflicts that overlap with a production’s rehearsal and performance schedule.
  • Prepare a 1 min cut (approximately 32 bars) of a musical theater song or any song you feel confident and comfortable singing. Feel free to bring sheet music in the correct key if you would like an accompanist to play along with you, although not required. 
  • Actors may be asked to read from a selection of short sides.

Alternate Audition and Video Submissions:
Actors unable to attend auditions may submit an audition video to casting@thegrandoperahouse.com.  Video submissions should contain 32 bars of a musical theater song in the style of the show showcasing range. Adding a dance section to your audition tape is optional. Video submissions must be received no later than 9pm Sunday, June 2.


Full company rehearsals will begin July 1.
Dress/Technical Rehearsals are August 2-6
Availability for dress/technical rehearsals and all performances is mandatory

There will be two separate casts for this production. Students will be able to identify a rehearsal preference when completing their audition form.

  • Morning Cast: Rehearses Monday-Friday, 10am-Noon
  • Afternoon Cast: Rehearses Monday-Friday, 1-3pm

NOTE: Technical/Dress rehearsals will run longer than the 2-hour regular rehearsals. These rehearsals, as well as all of the others, will be be explained in detail when the rehearsal schedule is provided when casting is announced.

Morning Cast Performances are:
Wednesday, August 7 at 10am
Thursday, August 8 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 9 at 7:30pm
Saturday, August 10 at 2pm

Afternoon Cast Performances are:
Wednesday, August 7 at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 8 at 10am
Saturday, August 10 at 7:30pm
Sunday, August 11 at 2pm

There is a $40 participation fee, which includes a commemorative Annie t-shirt. Scholarships are available to cover the participation fee and can be requested by contacting megan@risingstartheatrecompany.com.

Detailed Rehearsal schedules will be made available upon the completion of casting.


The creative team seeks a diverse company of youth actors. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles and actors of color are encouraged to audition. All roles are open.

Annie (mezzo-soprano, female-identified, any ethnicity) – A streetwise orphan; she is eventually taken in by Oliver Warbucks. Spunky, friendly, big voiced.

Warbucks (baritone, male-identified, any ethnicity) – A successful businessman with a warm heart. Rich, stiff-collared, bullish.

Grace Farrell (soprano, female-identified, any ethnicity) – Faithful secretary to Mr. Oliver Warbucks. Poised, sweet, gentle.

Miss Hannigan (alto, female-identified, any ethnicity) – The orphanage matron who hates children. Very disillusioned, bitter, and cold.

Rooster (baritone/tenor, male-identified, any ethnicity) – Miss Hannigan’s no-good brother looking for a quick buck. A sleazy, slick con man.

Lily St. Regis (soprano, female-identified, any ethnicity) – Rooster’s girlfriend, who is also out for a quick buck.

Bert Healy (baritone/tenor, male-identified, any ethnicity) – The ultimate radio personality. He helps Annie by broadcasting about the search for her birth parents.

Franklin Roosevelt (baritone, male-identified, any ethnicity) – The 32nd President of the United States and friend of Warbucks.

Orphans (various voice ranges, female-identified, any ethnicity) – The other girls in the orphanage with Annie. These girls are gritty, neglected, and vulnerable, yet basically honest and potentially loveable.

Molly, Kate, Tessie, Pepper, July and Duffy

Servants (various voice ranges, male and female-identified characters, any ethnicity) –The servants at the Warbucks mansion.

Drake, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer, Cecille and Annette

Boylan Sisters (various voice ranges, female-identified, any ethnicity)

Cabinet Members (various voice ranges, male and female-identified characters, any ethnicity)

Hooverville Citizens (various voice ranges, male and female-identified characters, any ethnicity)