Auditions: Annie

Auditions for "Annie" are just around the corner. Sign up for your audition slot now!

All auditioners are required to sign up for a specific time slot and arrive to the theatre at that particular time. Don't worry, there are plenty of time slots for everyone who wants to audition!

Second, instead of filling out audition forms on paper when you arrive at the theatre, all auditioners must fill out the forms online prior to arriving.

Once at the theatre, the audition process will remain largely the same as in the past. If you'd like more information about the process of auditioning at CTA, watch this audition video!

Here are all the details you need to know, plus what's expected when you audition. Questions? Email

Age Eligibility

  • All auditioners must be between ages 8 and 14 at the time of the audition.

Audition Dates

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2022

  • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, January 30, 2022


  • 7-9 p.m. Monday, January 31, 2022

What to Bring

  • Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a vocal audition selection from a musical in the style of the show.

  • Bring sheet music, digital recording or compact disc as accompaniment of a contemporary (from the last 30 years) song in the style of the show. No recorded music with vocals or a cappella singing is allowed. A piano accompanist will be provided.

  • Dress for movement, and be prepared to dance and do cold readings from the script. Dance shoes, character shoes and sneakers are acceptable. NO open-toed shoes, flip flops, crocs or bare feet are allowed.


If cast, an annual family registration fee of $20 (covers up to four (4) children) and a production fee of $150 is due at the first rehearsal. CTA is committed to making theatre education available to all, regardless of income status. If the production fee poses a financial hardship, scholarships and payment plans are available. For a payment plan or scholarship information, please reach out to the producers at upon casting. Queries will be kept confidential.

Audition Expectations Download PDF

  • Age requirements: CTA makes every attempt to provide a fair and equal audition opportunity for all actors ages 8-14 (as of the audition date; must not have graduated from high school). No experience is required and selection is made entirely by the artistic staff and based solely on the performance that each auditioner presents on the day of auditions. Actors are cast based on their ability and suitability for the parts.

  • Auditions: Actors should sign up online for auditions and submit the audition form electronically through the provided links on the website. Actors should only sign up and attend one day of auditions. Auditions are held at Children’s Theatre of Annapolis, 1661 Bay Head Road, Annapolis, MD 21409.

  • Callbacks: Some actors auditioning will be asked to return for a "callback," that is, a second look. The called-back actors may be asked to sing a song from the show or to do more extensive acting than in the first phase of auditions. Please remember that an actor may be cast even if not called back, and an actor may be called back but not cast. For example, an actor who only wants to play the lead role will not be cast if the director decides that someone else is more suitable for that role.

  • Ensemble: Yes or No? When you fill out the audition form for any CTA show you will come across the question, "Will you accept ensemble?” Please answer truthfully and only answer "Yes" if you truly intend to accept an ensemble role in the production. We understand that many people desire a lead role, however the ensemble is an integral part of every production. Participating in the ensemble gives every actor valuable experience. If you really feel that ensemble is not acceptable for you for this production, please answer "No" to the ensemble question. You will be given equal consideration for the specific roles you indicate on your form. Please remember that you have a better chance of getting cast if you are willing to accept any role or an ensemble part. The fewer roles you indicate that you will accept, the fewer the director's options for casting you.

  • Time commitment for cast members: Participating in a production is a HUGE time commitment. Be sure you are prepared to commit to all rehearsals and mandatory dates before you audition. You will be asked to submit a list of all possible conflicts at the audition. If you have a definite conflict with any mandatory or tech rehearsal, you should not audition. Rehearsals are typically Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1-5 p.m. Times and days change for tech rehearsals and shows.

  • NEW! Volunteer requirement: If cast in the show, each actor will be REQUIRED to volunteer five (5) hours to a technical area (set construction, set decoration, costumes, props, lighting and/or sound).

  • Parent/Guardian Information: There is also a time commitment for parents/guardians. CTA is an all-volunteer organization that relies upon parents/guardians to provide the much-needed support to make each production a success. Parents/guardians are required to attend meetings, volunteer time to the production, ensure that their actor arrives to rehearsal prepared, and provide costuming support. This is a commitment each parent/guardian must make in supporting their actor in the production. Please be sure you, as a parent/guardian, are also aware of the commitment to the production before your actor auditions. Theatre is a cooperative effort and every part of the team is essential! Examples of the many areas needed for a production are: - Tech Help - Set Builder - Make Up & Hair - Back Stage Monitor - Stage Crew - Costumes - Box Office & Concessions