Instructed by Aileen McCulloch with Jennifer Wilkin
Assistant Directed by Lionel McCulloch
Stage Manager, Rachel Wilkin
Free Audition Workshops available September 5 and 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Class begins September 26, 2017
There will be an audition at the beginning of class for specific roles. Everyone enrolled in the class will have a part in the production
Production week is January 14 to 21, 2018
K to 12 Workshop – All class members will be featured in the play, though size of role is not guaranteed. All will have opportunities to sing, act and dance. Goal is to cast each student in a role or roles that help the student grow as a performer.
Parents are expected to provide basic costume pieces which will be augmented by production. Actors are required to provide their own theater oriented footwear and makeup.
Shows: Thursday, January 17 through 20 (4 performances), with snow date (2 shows) of January 21
Note, due to the high royalty costs of Annie Jr., each family will be provided with two tickets to the show as part of their enrollment package, to facilitate higher priced ticketing for this production.
Check out our Educational Photo Gallery to see photos from previous education productions
- Form A (NEW Student Registration Form, complete once a year)
- Form C (Group Class OR Workshop Production Registration Form)
- Form D (Payment Form)
- Don’t forget to email us to let us know you have sent your registration form in!
Families are expected to stay after the show to assist with STRIKE. This usually happens right after the final show and involves cleaning the actor’s dressing room space, returning props to the prop room/and or rightful owners, making sure costumes are all gathered and that personal items are removed.
NOTE: We will no longer be selling individual business ads for our education programs. We do urge you to take out a season ad in support of Steel River Playhouse and this workshop! If you are interested in sponsoring a show (which allows for scholarships to students who wish to participate) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, with a beloved book and score by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie JR.features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. 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. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. With plenty of parts to go around, including featured roles as well as dance focused ensemble parts for orphans, servants and tourists, Annie JR. is ideal for productions involving different grade levels.
A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Aileen McCulloch (Lead Instructor) ) joined the Steel River team in August 2015. She has an MA in Theater from Villanova University and her BA in theater from Mary Washington University, and studied with many local theater organizations, as well as Delle Arte in Blue Lake, CA where she focused on physical theater styles. She is an award winning actress, director and playwright, who is the founding Executive Artistic Director of the Vagabond Acting Troupe, where she has garnered many awards for her work with theater education over the last 25 years. In addition, Aileen is the full time Drama Teacher of the renowned Baldwin School, a 12 year college preparatory school located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Aileen has directed over 200 productions including the Barrymore-Award nominated Vagabond Christmas Carol, and the award winning Trial of Akhenaten with the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at UPENN. She has worked to bring theater to children for over 30 years, working with such organizations as the Pennsylvania Performing Arts Academy, Philadelphia Young Playwrights Festival, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. Recently Aileen was named Outstanding Humanitarian of the Week by Y-102 Radio.
Jenny Wilkin (Music Instructor) has been working with Aileen on productions for almost a decade at the Vagabond Acting Troupe and now at Vagabond Performing Arts Academy at Steel River Playhouse. Show have included original works such as the world premieres of: Zeussical and Cinderella, along with book musicals: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr., Disney’s Aristocats Kids, Charlotte’s Web and Honk Jr., and most recently, Thumbelina. Jenny loves singing and working with children and teens. She looks forward to helping Aileen out with more productions at Vagabond Performing Arts Academy at Steel River. She is a Labor and Delivery/ Nursery nurse at Pottstown Hospital as well as the mother of 4, and a grandmother of 2.
- Tuesday, September 5, 6:30 to 8:30 – Free Audition Workshop for Annie Jr., Tempest and Animal Farm (Aileen, Chelsea and Michele) Also in attendance, Stacey Michaud (who runs Flights of Fancy and Cabaret Workshop)
- Wednesday September 6 – 6:30 to 8:30 – Free Audition Workshop for Annie Jr., Tempest and Animal Farm (Aileen, Chelsea and Michele) Also in attendance, Stacey Michaud (who runs Flights of Fancy and Cabaret Workshop)
- Tuesday September 26 – 6 to 8:30 – First class – Auditions – casting will be done by start of next class
- Tuesday, October 3 – 6 to 8:30
- Tuesday, October 10 – 6 to 8:30
- Tuesday October 17 – 6 to 8:30
- Tuesday, October 24 – 6 to 8:30
- Tuesday, October 31- – 6 to 8:30 – NO CLASS – HALLOWEEN
- Tuesday, November 7 – – 6 to 8:30– Sing Through with Music Director (no Aileen)
- Tuesday, November 14 – – 6 to 8:30
- Tuesday, November 21 – NO CLASS – PLEASE GET OFF BOOK
- Tuesday, November 28 – 6 to 9 p.m. – OFF BOOK
- Tuesday, December 5 – 6 to 9 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 12 – 6 to 9 p.m – Rough Run Through
- Tuesday, December 19 – 6 to 9 p.m. – Run Through off book
- From December 20 to January 1, we may call people in for costume work or set building – based on actor/instructor availability
- Tuesday, January 2 – 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Run Through (costume work)
- Tuesday, January 9 – 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Run Through (costume work)
- Friday, January 12 – set/costume work – Actor call TBD (also come see Tempest tonight at 7 p.m.!)
TECH BEGINS – MANDATORY SCHEDULE
- Saturday, January 13 – 9 a.m. to noon – set/costume work and run through in space.
- Sunday, January 14 – 9 a.m. to noon OR 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Run through in space (TBD as the 2 to 6 slot is a SNOW slot for TEMPEST)
- Monday, January 15 – TECH/DRESS – 5 p.m. call, run till show is done and notes re complete (no later than 9:30 p.m.)
- Tuesday, January 16 – TECH/DRESS – tun till show
- Wednesday, January 17 – DRESS – 5 p.m. call, run till show is done and notes are complete (no later than 9:30 p.m.)
- Thursday, January 18 – 6 p.m. actor call, 7 p.m. show (show runs about 1 and ½ hours)
- Friday, January 19 – 6 p.m. actor call, 7 p.m. show
- Saturday, January 20 – 1 p.m. actor call, 2 p.m. show
- Saturday, January 20 – 6 p.m. actor call, 7 p.m. show (followed by STRIKE)
- Sunday, January 21 – SNOW DATE – Hold for potential 1 p.m. actor call, 2 p.m. show
- Sunday, January 21 – SNOW DATE – Hold for potential 6 p.m. actor call, 7 p.m. show
For a PDF text of the play, visit: Annie Perusal
For a parent expectations sheet, visit: What to Expect in a Workshop Production
Email: email@example.com with questions.
Pertinent Theater Vocabulary:
Actor Call – The time an actor is supposed to be in the dressing room getting ready for the show to start.
Dress Rehearsal – This is the final rehearsal (in full costumes with makeup) before the opening night of the show. This final rehearsal is where all of the hard work comes together! Usually photos are taken during this rehearsal, and for shows with a video license, this is the rehearsal that would be videotaped.
Off Book – The point at which actors are asked to put their scripts down at rehearsal and work without a script in hand. Reaching a strong off book date requires reminders of homework for line study!
Strike – Usually in community theater, strike falls right after the final performance and involves bringing the full space back to its original state, such as cleaning dressing rooms, taking down set and disposing of things that cannot return to storage, while returning things to storage that are in good shape.
Tech Rehearsal – This is a rehearsal near performance where technical elements are added to a production (lights, sound, set, costumes). It can be long and sometimes get a little tough on young actors, but is critical for a “finished” production.