Annie on Broadway

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Take a trip to the Great White Way with the ANNIE on Broadway Education Initiative. This engaging collection of arts resources immerses children in the world of ANNIE and provides an up-close look behind the scenes of a major Broadway musical. Learn what a set designer does, design your very own costumes, and more! Each resource includes discussion questions to deepen student understanding.

  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Choreographer Do?

    Tap into the mind of choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler as he describes how he choreographs shows like ANNIE: THE MUSICAL. Andy first listens to the music and reads the script to create a vision for the choreography. He then dances his vision in the studio before teaching the choreography to the cast.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Costume Designer Do?

    Walk in the shoes of costume designer Susan Hilferty, as she explains how she creates the fashions for Annie: The Musical. Susan discusses how being a costume designer requires a love of historical research and hands-on work, in addition to an eye for fashion design.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Director Do?

    Director James Lapine explains how Broadway shows like ANNIE: THE MUSICAL are a merger of many creative elements. James oversees all aspects of the musical, and has his hands in everything from casting to dress rehearsals. Directors may take months, or even years, to bring a production successfully to the stage.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Hair & Wig Designer Do?

    Hair & wig designer Tom Watson discusses how he creates wigs for the actors in the popular styles of the 1930s for ANNIE: THE MUSICAL. Tom explains how the wigs are made to look natural by being custom-fit for each actor, stitched by hand, and made from real human hair.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Lighting Designer Do?

    Lighting designer Don Holder describes how even subtle changes in lighting can have a huge impact on the stage at Annie: The Musical. During just one show, there are hundreds of lighting cues, from an almost imperceptible dimming to effects large enough to make the audience think the seasons are changing.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Do Stage Managers Do?

    Stage managers Peter Lawrence and Rachel Wolff discuss how they keep things running smoothly backstage at Annie: The Musical. Peter and Rachel also discuss the added challenge of working with a young cast.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Musical Director Do?

    Musical director Todd Ellison describes how he brings to life the symphony of voices and instruments that create the beautiful music for Annie: The Musical. Todd makes sure the voices and different instruments fit together perfectly so the music sounds clear and exciting.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Producer Do?

    Producer Arielle Tepper Madover talks about taking the production of Annie: The Musical from pre-production to the stage. She discusses everything from clearing the rights to the play and hiring a director, to how she balances her roles as producer and mother.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Set Designer Do?

    Set designer David Korins explains how set design is all about storytelling. Using physical models, technical drawings, and imaginative descriptions, he walks through the vision for Annie: The Musical, set in New York City in the 1930s.

    Grades: 4-12
  • ANNIE ON BROADWAY: What Does a Sound Designer Do?

    Brian Ronan talks about what it takes to make the music to ANNIE: THE MUSICAL sound great. He talks about hiding microphones in wigs and designing theaters to get the best sound quality.

    Grades: 4-12