Annie Play Will Do

Play #: 8177
Pages: 51 pgs
Cast: 7 m, 8 w, 2 flexible

Because of a miscommunication with the principal, high school drama teacher Mr. Morris finds himself with only ONE DAY to cast, stage and perform the school play. In desperation, he turns to two of his best students, Paul and Laura, to take charge and co-direct the show, unaware that the two are in the middle of a nasty break-up and are no longer speaking. Things go from bad to much, much worse when Paul and Laura, practicing with their friends independently, don't realize they are rehearsing for DIFFERENT SHOWS, "Little Orphan Annie" and "Annie Get Your Gun." And the problem isn't discovered until the curtain opens. It's a theatre nightmare brought hilariously to life. About 70 minutes.

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Productions

La Paz Intermediate 2 Performance(s)
Mission Viejo, CA 1/31/2019
NORTHRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREELEY, CO 10/12/2018
JOHN DEERE MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MOLINE, IL 6/15/2018
KELLER ISD 3 Performance(s)
FORT WORTH, TX 5/15/2018
WOODCREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
HOUSTON, TX 5/10/2018
LAKENHEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
APO, AE 4/26/2018
LANSE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
LANSE, MI 3/15/2018
VALLEY OAKS CHARTER SCHOOL 5 Performance(s)
BAKERSFIELD, CA 2/15/2018
PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PIGEON FORGE, TN 11/30/2017
MISS MONAS SCHOOL OF DANCE 2 Performance(s)
ROANOKE, VA 7/14/2017
BROOKWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
VANCE, AL 5/8/2017
CHAMBERS ACADEMY DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LAFAYETTE, AL 5/8/2017
CLARK HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CLARK, SD 4/7/2017
GREENE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
LEAKESVILLE, MS 12/2/2016
MORGAN CO RII SCHOOL DIST 2 Performance(s)
VERSAILLES, MO 10/15/2016
BYRON-BERGEN JR.SR. HIGH SCHO 2 Performance(s)
BERGEN, NY 5/6/2016
MARBURY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DEATSVILLE, AL 4/28/2016
WPMS 1 Performance(s)
SAN MARCOS, CA 4/21/2016
GORHAM MIDDLE-HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GORHAM, NH 4/15/2016
PARKWAY CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHESTERFIELD, MO 3/10/2016
TULLY JR. HIGH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
TULLY, NY 11/20/2015
NAMPA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 11/20/2015
NAMPA CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NAMPA, ID 11/15/2015
HARRISON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN 10/16/2015
CREENE COUNTY CSD 2 Performance(s)
JEFFERSON, IA 10/15/2015
DANSVILLE DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
DANSVILLE , MI 5/1/2015
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF RHINELANDER 4 Performance(s)
RHINELANDER, WI 5/1/2015
LAKOTA HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LAKOTA, ND 4/27/2015
PLAINVIEW SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SHERIDAN LAKE, CO 4/24/2015
LINN HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
LINN, MO 4/10/2015
NORTHSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MUNCIE, IN 4/10/2015
UBLY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 3 Performance(s)
UBLY, MI 3/13/2015
FARWELL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
FARWELL, MI 3/6/2015
LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL NORTH 3 Performance(s)
MACOMB, MI 2/15/2015
ERSKINE ACADEMY 2 Performance(s)
SOUTH CHINA, ME 12/11/2014
UNION COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MAYNARDVILLE, TN 11/25/2014
ST MARY SPRINGS ACAD 3 Performance(s)
FOND DU LAC, WI 11/21/2014
PARKWAY SOUTHWEST MIDDLE SCHOO 2 Performance(s)
BALLWIN , MO 11/20/2014
COLORADO CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
COLORADO CITY, AZ 11/15/2014
USD 454 2 Performance(s)
BURLINGAME, KS 11/14/2014
CARPENTERSVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CARPENTERSVILLE, IL 11/14/2014
MASHPEE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MASHPEE, MA 11/14/2014
INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
INDEPENDENCE, WI 11/14/2014
LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
AURORA, CO 10/16/2014
EVELETH GILBERT SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
EVELETH, MN 10/15/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
REDDING, CA 5/23/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
REDDING, CA 5/18/2014
INDIAN VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GNADENHUTTEN, OH 5/9/2014
WIGGINS HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
WIGGINS, CO 5/3/2014
TRIPP-DELMONT HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TRIPP, SD 4/25/2014
TEMPLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
TITUSVILLE, FL 4/11/2014
MOUND CITY R-2 MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MOUND CITY, MO 3/28/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
SKIDMORE, MO 3/28/2014
OAKES PUBLIC SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OAKES, ND 3/14/2014
EL CAPITAN HIGH SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
LAKESIDE , CA 12/5/2013
SKYLINE SCHOOLS USD 438 2 Performance(s)
PRATT, KS 11/14/2013
LAKENHEATH MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
APO, AE 5/22/2013
HCS SECONDART SCHOOL BUILDING 3 Performance(s)
HONEOYE, NY 5/15/2013
CAMPBELLSPORT HS DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
CAMPBELLSPORT, WI 5/15/2013
LOWPOINT-WASHBURN JR-SR HIGH S 2 Performance(s)
WASHBURN, IL 5/11/2013
GREGORY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GREGORY, SD 5/3/2013
JOHN F. KENNEDY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PLAINFIELD, IL 4/26/2013
WESLEY CHAPEL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WESLEY CHAPEL, FL 4/10/2013
RICHFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
RICHFIELD, MN 3/20/2013
SPOTLIGHT THEATER PLAYERS 3 Performance(s)
DENHAM SPRINGS, LA 2/28/2013
MATTHEW HENSON MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
INDIAN HEAD, MD 12/7/2012
CALHAN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CALHAN, CO 11/29/2012
DENAIR HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
DENAIR, CA 11/15/2012
EATONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
EATONVILLE, WA 11/15/2012
LA CROSSE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LA CROSSE, KS 11/10/2012
ARCHBISHOP OHARA HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MP 11/9/2012
WOODCREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HOUSTON, TX 5/17/2012
PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PIGEON FORGE, TN 4/30/2012
KIDSPLAY, INC. 4 Performance(s)
GREENFIELD, IN 4/20/2012
AUGUSTA HIGH SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
AUGUSTA, WI 4/15/2012
ROANE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SPENCER, WV 4/15/2012
WALPOLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WALPOLE, NH 3/29/2012
MILLER CITY-NEW CLEVELAND 3 Performance(s)
MILLER CITY, OH 3/28/2012
ST. MARY CENTRAL 3 Performance(s)
NEENAH, WI 3/22/2012
ST. MARY CENTRAL 1 Performance(s)
NEENAH, WI 3/22/2012
ELCHO SCHOOLS 2 Performance(s)
ELCHO, WI 3/15/2012
WPHS DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
ELLIOTTSBURG, PA 1/9/2012
SPRING-FORD MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
ROYERSFORD, PA 12/2/2011
ELDON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ELDON, MO 11/17/2011
EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LOUISVILLE, KY 11/15/2011
EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LOUISVILLE, KY 11/15/2011
ARENAC EASTERN HIGH SCH 2 Performance(s)
TWINING, MI 11/11/2011
NIOBRARA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LUSK, WY 10/15/2011

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT SCOTT HAAN TALKS ABOUT

“ANNIE PLAY WILL DO”

 

1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

Most theatre people I know have had a similar nightmare: The audience is seated and the curtain is rising, but you have NO IDEA what your lines are, what part you are playing, or even which play is being performed. I thought it would be fun to comically dramatize that innate fear, and to challenge myself to write the logistics of a situation where ALL of the above could actually happen (even if it is far-fetched). It's certainly not funny while you're in the dream, but hopefully it will be funny to watch it happening to other people.

 

2. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

There are several, but one of my favorite parts is when Larry, in a misguided attempt to be helpful, explains the mix-up as the result of time travel, thereby making everything so much more confusing. I've definitely been onstage when someone's weird ad-libs to "help" cover dialog problems just made things ten times worse.

 

3. WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

The first names are all tributes to family members. The last names were drawn randomly from fans of my Facebook page (Playwright Scott Haan). However, the personalities of the characters are completely made up.

 

4. WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

I tried to write a play that would touch on fears that are universal to all of us who love theatre. Even if you're not familiar with "Annie" or "Annie Get Your Gun," my goal was to write awkward situations that would be funny regardless. (But if you ARE acquainted with those plays, you will be rewarded for your knowledge with inside jokes.)

 

5. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

I would like to express my appreciation to school drama teachers who consistently nurture a love for the performing arts in their students. I know school budget cuts are making it increasingly difficult to maintain theatre programs, and it's so crucial for the creativity and self-esteem of young people. What you do is important, so keep up the great work! (I also want to thank the good people at Eldridge for publishing this play and giving it a wonderful home!)