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October 3rd, 2008, 6:23 pm #21

Why would Equity kids even bother to try out for Annie 20th if it was known that Turning Point would be filming and the selection had to be from among the non-Equity actresses?? So strange !
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Jon Merrill
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October 3rd, 2008, 7:05 pm #22

I would imagine that the Equity kids were seen by the casting director long before the open call, and probably the idea of Turning Point filming the Macy's auditions wasn't even thought of yet. A more interesting question would be why were they even at Macy's that final day?? Did they not know Turning Point would be filming there until after they arrived? Or, maybe they just wanted to be there to see the big moment, since they had auditioned for the part themselves.

Larissa would have probably been too big at the time she auditioned to be considered for Annie, but lots of kids do auditions even when they might think they don't have much of a chance. Besides, Larissa at the time was on Broadway in Show Boat, so she was in New York every day anyway.
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October 3rd, 2008, 9:07 pm #23

..that all makes sense, in a very odd situation. It seems as though no one thought the whole range of audition/competition/ Equity/Turning Point and potential consequences through. It did appear that Martin was finally at peace with his decision re: Joanna, while the others in the "huddle" were not.
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October 4th, 2008, 2:17 am #24

...and yet Martin did something un-Martin-like; he picked a tall 12-year-old who would have outgrown the part in six months. That certainly surprised me. All along, starting with Louanne and Allison Smith, Martin began to see the sense in choosing a very small Annie, one who would stay in the part for a while. And, as we all saw at Annie 20th, once the producers decided that Joanna had to go, Martin eventually ended up with a small, young Annie of the type he probably would have wanted in the first place, but there wasn't one available in the open call. Brittny was in the room and was picked as July, but at Macy's she was only 7 and not skilled enough to go right into the title role yet, so he went with Joanna.
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