Annie, Jr. Character Breakdowns

Based on the popular Tony-winning musical Annie, Annie JR/Kids show both feature a wonderful score written by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, including the Broadway smash hit, “Tomorrow”.

With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who left her at the orphanage years ago. However things don’t quite work out the way she has planned. She does however thwart the plans of the evil Miss Hannigan and find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, secretary Grace Farrell, and her lovable pooch, Sandy.


ANNIE

Age 11, she is a red-headed orphan who is adopted by billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. A tough, streetwise girl. Always optimistic, she refuses to believe that her parents forgot about her at the orphanage and will someday return for her. As a result, she is constantly trying to escape the orphanage in hopes to find her parents. She is at times aggressive and crafty, but at all times friendly and caring. She will go to any extent to gain the affection of a family she can belong to.

Vocal Range

A3 - E5


MOLLY

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight, it is with sisterly love.

Molly, age 6, is the littlest orphan. She cries out for her mother in the middle of the night and, when she does, she seeks comfort from Annie. Though small, Molly has a strong personality, which is shown when she boldly holds out a rat in front of Miss Hannigan’s face to scare her.

PEPPER

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight, it is with sisterly love.

Pepper, age 12, is the toughest orphan. She can be quite the bully if she is feeling irritated. This is very apparent when Pepper pushes Molly on the floor when she wakes up crying for her mother.

DUFFY

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight, it is with sisterly love.

Duffy, age 13, is the biggest and tallest orphan. She often hangs around Pepper, who is known to be a bit of a bully, but in spite of this Duffy is everyone’s friend. You can tell that her age has made her wise.

JULIE

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight it is with sisterly love.

July, age 13, is the quietest girl in the orphanage. Despite being so soft-spoken she is very nurturing and motherly to the other orphans. July gets into a fight with Pepper about Pepper’s bullying of the littlest orphan, Molly.

TESSIE

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight, it is with sisterly love.

Tessie, age 10, is known as the cry-baby of the group. Tessie is constantly stating the phrase, “Oh my goodness!” This is quite irritating to the bolder personalities, such as the toughest orphan Pepper, but Tessie truly has a sweet heart and good intentions. She is very sensitive to conflict, and wants the orphanage to be calm.

KATE

The Orphans are all little girls living under the care of the mean and nasty Miss Hannigan. Though they all have it rough living in the orphanage, they take heart in knowing all of the girls have each other’s backs. Even when they fight, it is with sisterly love.

Kate, age 7, is the next-to=littlest orphan. Kate is very shy and hardly even speaks. Kate tends to be looked over when in a group with all of the strong, outspoken orphans.


MISS HANNIGAN

Miss Hannigan is the orphanage matron, and Annie’s nemesis. She is a has-been who hates her job, and hates children even more so. She is a mean-spirited woman who keeps the orphans busy by cleaning and performing various chores, while she spends her time listening to romantic radio dramas and drinking. Miss Hannigan flirts with all the men she comes into contact with: Bundles, Lt. Ward, and Warbucks. She, along with her brother Rooster and his girlfriend, Lily, hatch a plan to use Annie to get rich quick.

Vocal Range

G3 - D5


GRACE FARRELL

Oliver Warbucks’ secretary, she goes to the orphanage to choose Annie. She is the mother figure to Annie. She is named ‘Grace’ for a reason, and when she enters a room she always brings order to the chaos. Grace is mature, calm, cool, and always has it together. She has the utmost class and remains businesslike in her dealings with Miss Hannigan and Warbucks, but is also gentle and maternal toward Annie. Grace is always ready with an answer for anything that gets thrown her way.

Vocal Range

A3 - D5


ROOSTER HANNIGAN

Rooster is the brother of Miss Hannigan. He is flashy and self-assured. Rooster is a con-man who concocts a plan to pretend to be Annie’s father -- Ralph Mudge -- so that he can claim the reward money offered by big-wig Oliver Warbucks. It is revealed that his full name is Daniel Francis Hannigan and is also known as Danny the Dip.

Vocal Range

Bb3 - Eb5


LILY

Rooster Hannigan’s girlfriend, she is not the sharpest tool in the shed. She pretends to be Annie’s mother -- Shirley Mudge -- so that she can claim the reward money. Lily never acts as the leader, and usually follows Rooster in tripping over her own feet. Though Lily is always distracted, she always manages to pick up on conversations pertaining to money. This role is typically played with a Brooklyn accent.

Vocal Range

Bb3 - Eb5


OLIVER WARBUCKS

A billionaire businessman, self-assured and confident. He invites Annie to his home to spend the Christmas holidays with him, Although he appears large and menacing, he softens as he grows fonder of Annie. He uses his power and money to help Annie find her parents, but ultimately ends up falling for the child and adopting her himself.

Vocal Range

A3 - D5


SANDY

Annie’s loveable mutt, whom she finds wandering the streets on the day of her escape. Sandy gets his name from his beige coloring. Sandy was initially a stray until rescued by Annie, who pretends to be Sandy’s owner. In the JR/Kids productions, Sandy is played by a person, not a live dog.


STAR-TO-BE

A young actress who has just moved to New York City. She has shown up with only three dollars and two packed bags. The Star-to-Be is featured in the song “N.Y.C.” where she sings about her hopeful view on her future with the theatre.


BERT HEALY

A charismatic radio announcer. He is the Star of “The Oxydent Hour of Smiles, starring Bert Healy.” Bert is charmed by Annie’s voice and is happy to assist in the search for her parents. He is charming and goofy.


FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

The 32nd President of the United States, in his first hundred days in office instituted “The New Deal”. Known for his signature quote, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His campaign theme was the song, “Happy Days are Here Again.” He is wheelchair-bound and is inspired by Annie. She shows him that it is time for a big change, a new deal for Christmas!

BUNDLES MCCLOSKEY

Bundles McCloskey is a laundry man who delivers fresh sheets to the orphanage once a month. Miss Hannigan always flirts with him when he comes to the orphanage for deliveries.. He unwittingly assists Annie’s escape from the Orphanage when she sneaks into his laundry bag.

LIEUTENANT WARD

An NYPD officer, he is suspicious of Annie when he sees her with Sandy, the dog. He has Annie prove to him that Sandy is her dog by asking her to call the dog by name. He is also responsible for bringing Annie back to the orphanage after her seemingly successful escape.


SERVANTS (DRAKE, MRS. GREER, AND MRS. PUGH)

The servants are the workers in Warbucks’ home. The servants by name include Drake, Mrs. Pugh, Mrs. Greer, Cecile, and Annette. There can be additional servants, those are just the ones that are named. Each servant has no more than a few short lines, if any at all. The servants are the ones who keep order in the house and also the ones who are told to care for and assist Annie in the home.


ENSEMBLE

The ensemble of Annie plays many roles throughout the course of the show. Children in the ensemble can play nameless orphans in the orphanage, as well as appear as New Yorkers in the song “NYC.” They step into roles such as the cheery and efficient Warbucks’ servants, Policemen, Dog Catchers, The Apple Seller, and general New Yorkers who cross paths in the song, “NYC.” Select members of the ensemble also double as members of FDR’s cabinet and staff of Bert Healy’s radio show.