My daughter auditioned for a community theaters production of Annie a few months ago. She was told that same day that she would be getting a callback for an orphan role, only to find out that the theater did not get the rights to the show since the National tour was playing 2 hours away.
Now another community theater has said they will be doing Annie in June and has set auditions in APril. However, the tour will be coming even closer to this theater (an hour away) in late May.
How does a theater go about getting rights for the show?
They apply for the rights through the licensing company, MTI (Music Theatre International). Some theatres make the mistake of holding auditions before they hear back from the licensing company. In some cases, rights have been pulled during rehearsals, which is awful for the cast.