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I just wanted to say that I loved Rosanne Sorrentino as Annie! I thought she was fantastic. I saw that performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa--I think you and Stephanie were in that cast, right? I thought Rosanne was so perfect for the part--she had this fiestiness and at the same time the vulnerability that are keys to being a good Annie. She was also really good as Pepper in the movie. I seem to remember the character of Duffy usually being a girl with straight dark hair in long braids--does that sound about right to you?Dina:
Actually, many of the Annies did NOT look the part until they got their hair cut and dyed. I would say the running trend among Annies was a pug nose, a la Andrea, Rosanne Sorrentino, Louanne. That, of course, is just my opinion and the trend was broken many times. As for the orphans, Kate was usually blonde and pretty, Pepper usually brunette and a big belter, Tessie usually had long dark hair (except for the original) and Molly, of course, small with a big personality. I don't know...I could usually pick them out perfectly. If you want to test my theory, take a look at the cast photos from the Broadway cast at least and see if you can spot a trend. That will be a fun game!
Hi Dina,Well, I think I finally found someone who is just as much of an "Annie" fanatic as me!! Like you, I used to tape record the televised auditions, and I have a huge scrapbook at my parents house with lots and lots of programs and articles from the original Annie days. It's fun to look back and reminisce. You mentioned the Allison Smith audition, which I had on audiotape for the longest time (I think eventually it got completely warped from me listening to it so much!). Anyhow, the girl you mentioned who was up against Allison was my friend Elise (I think it actually came down to three girls--Allison, Elise, and some girl Tiffany if I recall correctly). I remember that audition tape so well! I remember thinking that Allison definately had the Annie look, and I had a feeling as soon as I saw her that she would get the part.
Really? Wow. I remember a Tiffany, that was who Charnin thought would "be more vulnerable on that walk downstage where she says, "So...I guess I'm an orphan afterall". There was also a Mickie (?) Martha and Alaina. I wish I had a photographic memory, though. I only vaguely remember Martha and her mother (!) Was the Martha/Annie finalist Martha Byrne?
Nice to know there are other "Annie freaks" ;O) out there.
Can you explain the audition process in thisKatherine,
Honestly...I thought I was the only "kook" out there (said in a good way!) that remembers these intricate Annie details. When I read your post all these memories of that audition tape came flooding back...and I swear I really do remember all those things you referred to!! I bet we could spend hours comparing notes about all this Annie stuff. :0)
The Tiffany in question on the Allison Smith audition tape was, in fact, Tiffany Blake who was currently appearing in the show and was the Annie understudy. The other three girls (Allison included) had never done the show before. I should also mention that Tiffany and I were with the same manager and she had worked a LOT as a kid actor. Again, it's unfair to judge those audition stories. These were young kids, some veterans of the business, some novices. I can speak from personal experience and say that it was always easier to promote a current orphan to Annie rather than train a new one. Up until Allison Smith's hiring, the understudy to Annie always took over. So they had the choice to hire Tiffany Blake (and she was very talented) but chose, instead, to hire Allison Smith. I'm sure any one of those girls could have done a fine job!Katherine,
I forgot to answer the part of your post about Martha. I wondered about that too, but I was confused because Martha Byrne (Lily on "As the World Turns") played July in the B'Way cast, so I couldn't understand why she would have had to audition with the girls who were doing the "cattle call" audition. I also wondered if the Tiffany they were referring to was in fact Tiffany Blake, who also played an orphan in the B'Way cast (Tessie, I think).