HOPEDALE – The auditions, originally scheduled for Hopedale Elementary School, as stated in the August 21 issue of the News-Herald, have been moved to Hopedale United Methodist Church, 237 Church Street in Hopedale. Audition times remain the same: Tuesday, August 24, and Wednesday, August 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hope Players executive director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale, who is directing the production, explained that, due to circumstances related to moving materials into the school from other buildings in the Harrison Hills District, the gymnasium would not be available the nights of the auditions. “We are confident that we will be able to use the gym for rehearsals and performances of ‘Annie,’ once the school district’s logistical issues are resolved,” Pelegreen said.
Anyone interested in a major singing role in “Annie” should bring a prepared song and sheet music to auditions. A pianist will be available to play the music. Those unable to prepare a song in advance will be taught a song from the show. All those auditioning will be asked to read from the script with other auditioning actors. Pelegreen noted “It is not necessary to attend both auditions—but if you are available you are welcome to attend both.”
Christopher Gray of Hopedale will make his debut as musical director for the production. Pelegreen emphasized that “everyone who auditions will get a part in the show, because there are plenty of non-singing parts to be filled as well as singing parts.” Pelegreen also noted that the script has parts for actors of all ages. “Besides the wonderful parts written for child actors, there are a lot of challenging parts for teens and adults,” he said. “I can see whole families, children, parents and grandparents, getting involved in this production, either on stage or behind the scenes,” he added. “Annie” is based loosely on the classic newspaper comic strip created by Harold Gray about a resourceful orphan girl who overcomes many adversities and dangers, often with the help of her guardian, Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
The show will be presented Friday and Saturday, November 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, 2 p.m. at the school.
Anyone with questions about auditions, or wishing to volunteer to work behind the scenes in technical or other capacities, should contact Hope Players president Donna Runt at 740-937-2208 or executive director Andrew Pelegreen III at 740-937-2629, or musical director Christopher Gray at 740-937-2795. More information about the Hope Players is available at their Web site, hopeplayers.org.