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Katherine
Katherine

December 2nd, 2000, 10:36 pm #21

Hi!

I just wanted to say that I don't think I was judging the audition stories (you mentioned something about that in a couple of your posts). I was just writing about my understanding of what happened at the time. Farbeit for me to judge...I'm not in the theatre myself, and have never proclaimed to know everything about all the backstage stuff. I just wanted to clarify that.
Ditto to what Dina has said :O) I haven't seen anyone judging but offering knowledge they might have from tapes/videos - as well as their own opinion. But those opinions haven't been judgemental, imo.
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kelly C
kelly C

December 8th, 2000, 8:04 am #22

Hi!

I just wanted to say that I don't think I was judging the audition stories (you mentioned something about that in a couple of your posts). I was just writing about my understanding of what happened at the time. Farbeit for me to judge...I'm not in the theatre myself, and have never proclaimed to know everything about all the backstage stuff. I just wanted to clarify that.
I have that a copy of that audio and listed to it. Martin wanted allison not Tiffany because of te one line mentioned in a few posts ahead. The producerswanted Tiffany but you know Martin always got
what he wanted. By the way I have 6 hours of anie audio recordings and ton of programs and articles so there were many of us annie freks out there.
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kelly c
kelly c

December 8th, 2000, 8:15 am #23

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!

Julie
Annie opened in June 1978 with Patty Patts as annie.
During her run her voice got so over worked that when her contract was up they decided to hire a new girl. Her voice at this time was not pleasant to listen to.
I have audio during the show from about a month before she left and she never hit the word in tommorow sun,none,etc. They decided to cast Louanne instead of Jesscia Newell (about the time munkin annie started
being cast). This drove me nuts because molly,kate,and
annie were all the same size. Annie is suppose to be the toughest orphan and I nevered believed that Louanne
would have survived all the others who were way bigger
and taller. Later when Louanne was 11 she was perfect
in the part and her voice was much better than to. When
Jessica had her 3 weeks the show was so much better. Oh
well.
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Tiffany Blake
Tiffany Blake

March 12th, 2004, 1:01 pm #24

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!

Julie
Hi All.
Just browsing through for the first time and wanted to clear this up. Allison and I auditioned for the role of Annie at the same time, same audition. It was between she and I for the role and Allison got it. Martin cast me as Tessie at that time, and understudy to Allison. Prior to this, I was in the show for two weeks taking the role of Kate for someone who had been out with tonsilitus. It was just two weeks, and this was years before the actual search for Annie surfaced.
So, Allison and I started at the same time. I was not her understudy before she replaced me. We shared the same opening night and it was fantastic!
Thanks!
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Emma Marie
Emma Marie

June 27th, 2013, 11:38 pm #25

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!

Julie
Was she ever an Annie understudy for Allison Smith? It mentions on IMDb that she understudied for Annie but I do not recall the playbills ever mentioning she was an Annie understudy.....I know Tiffany Blake and Tara Kennedy were her understudies at one point. But was Martha at one time an actual Annie understudy. I am just curious. Thank you.
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