Wanted: A Warbucks

Mar 28 2017 | By More

Captivate casting for #EdFringe Annie

Captivate Theatre, the Edinburgh-based amateur musicals company, is seeking a performer with a strong tenor voice to play Daddy Warbucks in its fringe 2017 production of Annie, which will run Thurs 3 – Mon 14 August.

This is the only role still to be cast in the production. While the playing age can be wide – late 20s to early 50’s – the performer will need to be able to portray a suave, sophisticated, single-minded business man.

Captivate is strengthening its ties with the Gilded Balloon this year, following the eviction from St Andrew Square Gardens of the Famous Spiegeltent: its main home for its musical productions for the last three years.

Captivate’s musical director, Tommie Travers, told Æ that Annie will play as part of the Gilded Balloon’s programme in their “prestigious new central venue”. It will run Thursday 3 to Monday 14 August, playing 2-4.15pm.

Travers added: “Our Annie will not be wearing a red wig, neither do we want a bald Daddy Warbucks. Though, if you are lacking in the hair department we don’t mind – just as long as you can sing!

“Mr Warbucks is a billionaire. He has focused on building his empire at the expense of his personal relationships. Annie makes him see that he has missed out on one of the most important things in life – having fun with other people.”

First performed in 1977, Annie is set in America during the Depression years of  the 1930s. It tells of the little orphan girl, Annie, who escapes the drudgery of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, spends Christmas with Mr Warbucks and tells President Roosevelt that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward for the role should email Tommie Travers at captivatetheatre@gmail.com for full details.


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