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Author:  jackissensational [ Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Annie with a Small Cast

I've always seen this as the kind of show that should have a huge ensemble on a big stage. Don't you? The only time I've ever seen the show it was staged (and cast, I guess) as such and it just made sense. Could it work with a smaller cast? Currently, I'm doing the show with Annie, the orphans, Warbucks, Hannigan, Grace, Rooster and Lily being the only people not playing more than one role. I understand that this is pretty customary but the ensemble will only have around six members, playing all of the rest of the roles. It just seems that New York will not look like a very densely populated city. I'll report back further in the rehearsal process, when it's more clear, but in the mean time, what do y'all think? Annie with a tiny ensemble, no?

Author:  SomeoneLikeYou [ Thu Jul 08, 2010 12:51 pm ]
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I think it could work, and I love it when roles are cleverly doubled, but you have a point about the New York thing. Most envision Annie as being one of those mega-chorus shows.

Author:  hyperactress23 [ Thu Jul 08, 2010 3:53 pm ]
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I've seen the full show performed twice (the first time being back when I was probably in 2nd or 3rd grade so I don't remember too much about the specific production), and the junior show done once. While it is definitely a show made for a big chorus, the junior high that I saw showed that it was possible to have too many people in the cast. I think there were probably more orphans in that cast than there are people in your cast, Jack.

I could see it working fine with a small cast, depending on the size of your stage. With a huge stage, yes, NYC would look kind of odd, but if it were a smaller sizes stage it could work fine.

Author:  Beagle On Stage [ Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:30 am ]
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To me, there are two things that look tacky and patently amateur. One is casting people who are too young in productions that don't deliberately set out to be a "youth" production. The other is not having enough people in the cast. I'm the dominatrix of being able to successfully scale a show down to be staged more simply and intimately than usual, but I have always seen a distinct line between working and non-working "small casts." The line is hard to describe in words, but, like porn, you know it when you see it.

Frankly, I would not stage a show at all before I would stage it with too few people making too many costume changes and pretending it's because they're being theatrical, when the truth is that they failed to put enough feet on the boards.

Author:  ConverseSneaker [ Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:21 am ]
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Didn't the orignal production only have twelve chorus members?

Author:  stlgurl702 [ Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:45 pm ]
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Originally it was an ensemble of 10.

Here was the ensemble cast of the original:
-Laurie Beechman: Sophie, Star to Be, Cecille Bonnie Boylan, Perkins
-Steven Boockvor: Dog Catcher, Jimmy Johnson, Honor Guard
-Edwin Bordo: Drake
-Edie Cowan: Mrs. Pugh, Connie Boyland
-Donald Craig: Dog Catcher, Burt Healy, Kaltenborn's Voice, Hull
-Richard Ensslen: Ward, Morgenthau, Judge Brandeis
-Bob Freschi: McCracken, Hopkins
-James Hosbein: Bundles, Sound Effects Man, Ickes
-Mari McMinn: NBC Page
-Penny Worth: Annette, Ronnie Boylan

I noticed they're missing Mrs. Greer...

I personally just played Star to Be, Ronnie Boylan and Ickes. But we also had an ensemble of like 100. Literally.

Author:  DitzyMezzo [ Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Annie with a Small Cast

It just sees natural that it would be a huge ensemble, to mimic the feel of the crowded depression-era city.

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