I can just imagine the excitement and nerves at the Zeiterion Theatre this Saturday when the New Bedford Festival Theatre auditions for America's favorite musical, Annie.

I know little girls across the SouthCoast are just dreaming of the chance to play one of the most iconic young characters to ever hit the stage.

New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre

I recall my stint with New Bedford Festival Theatre in the early 2000s. It is an absolutely wonderful program that really showcases the local talent that lives right here on the SouthCoast. The group of producers and professionals that put these shows on know how to bring out the best in each and every cast member.

I know, you don't want to hear about me, you just want to know about the auditions.

New Bedford Festival Theatre
New Bedford Festival Theatre

The audition for all little girl roles including Annie will be held at the Zeiterion on Saturday, January 25 starting at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday morning you can enter the stage door located at the rear of the Zeiterion building on Acushnet Avenue and be sure to arrive at 10:15 a.m. for registration.

Then on Sunday, January 26 starting at 10:30 a.m., there will be auditions for adults and the same info applies.

Make sure you bring an 8”x10” headshot and resumé; be prepared to sing a song from the show or your best vocal performance showing range, and also be prepared for a dance audition. Yes, bring character and taps shoes.

All those auditioning must be eight years old or older and parents will not be allowed to watch auditions or callbacks.

For the latest information on auditions, you can visit the Facebook event page.

So you know someone that wants to audition but need to know what the time commitment is for the summer of 2020? Here is the rehearsal schedule as well as the performance dates of the show.

Rehearsals Start: Monday July 6, 2020 at 9:30 am call
Rehearsal Schedule: Mon – Sat July 6 – 11, 10am-6pm; Mon – Saturdays: July 13 – 18, 10am-6pm
Sundays: July 12 & 19 OFF
Tech week: July 20 – 23, noon – 11pm

Performance Dates:

Friday, July 24, 2020 @ 7 pm
Saturday, July 25, 2020 @ 7 pm
Sunday, July 26, 2020 @ 2 pm
Thursday, July 30, 2020 @ 7 pm
Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 7 pm
Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 2 pm
Saturday, August 1, 2020 @ 7 pm
Sunday August 2, 2020 @ 2 pm

It's an exciting time at New Bedford Festival Theatre and I'm sure you have more questions. You can email those to casting@nbfestivaltheatre.com or call the office at (508) 991-5212.

You can also visit the New Bedford Festival Theatre's website for more information.

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