HYDE PARK – Auditions for the Lamoille County Players’ (LCP) musical comedy “Annie” will take place May 1 and 2 at the Hyde Park Opera House. Auditioners are being asked to schedule a specific time to audition.
This is just one of the many procedures Lamoille County Players has in place to make auditions, rehearsals, and performances all meet or exceed the Governor’s “Vermont Forward” plan. The link to schedule an audition, and for details of LCP’s plans, are at LCPlayers.com/annie.
Co-Director and Music Director Patricia Jacob of Jeffersonville, Co-Director and Music Director Kenny Grenier of Eden, and Producer Gail Patrice Deuso of Hyde Park have been working on detailed plans to safely and responsibly bring community theater back to the stage.
“Annie” had been chosen by LCP for the summer production of 2020, but the pandemic put those plans on hold. As the show’s famous song says, “The sun will come out tomorrow.”
“We can all absorb a bit of Little Orphan Annie’s optimism,” says Jacob.
Deuso explains that auditioners are asked to sign up online for a one-hour block of time, either May 1 or 2 and to print out the audition form (available on LCPlayers.com/annie) and fill it out ahead of time. Blank forms will be available at the door, if needed. LCP will also provide KN95 masks and hand sanitizer at the door.
Looking ahead to the performances, Jacob explains that there will be “no live audiences this time.” Instead, LCP will film multiple, live performances of the production from July 30 through August 1. Everyone will be masked and distanced throughout the production, following the “Vermont Forward” plan. There will be a live pit band to accompany the performances. The recordings will be available for ticketed, streaming viewing in late August.