Video – hundreds of young hopefuls at the Annie children’s auditions, Melbourne

Annie the Musical, produced by the Gordon Frost Organisation, is scheduled to play in four cities in 2012 – Sydney (current season), Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

For each season the company must completely recast the 3 young girls who share the role of Annie and the 21 girls (3 casts of seven) who play the orphans.

“We don’t publicise it enough here, how strong the swings need to be” – Kelly Aykers

Sunday February 26th was the first day of auditions for the children’s cast in Melbourne, with 240 young hopefuls selected to audition from over 700 submissions.

AussieTheatre joined choreographer Kelly Aykers in the audition room to talk about the casting process, how it differs from casting the adults in the show, and how important the ‘swings’ are in the production…

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Matt is AussieTheatre's digital director and a performer. Matt most recently appeared in the Australian/NZ tour of CATS and Enda Markey's acclaimed production of Blood Brothers. As well as performing Matt keeps himself busy in the digital side of the arts working with web design agency Emptyhead Digital

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