Annie

Annie: This Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan musical, based after the Harold Grey comic strip Little Orphan Annie, tells the redemptive story of plucky orphan Annie as she builds a home with millionaire Oliver Warbucks during the Great Depression. Pictured below are our costume rentals: Mrs. Hannigan, Annie in her iconic red dress, Grace Farrell, Oliver 'Daddy” Warbucks, Warbucks' household staff and the butler Drake.

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Rental Costumes for Annie

What do you get when you request a FREE costume plot from The Costumer?  We will send you the listing and costume description for the entire show, organized by act and scene for your convenience. The Costumer is proud to provide quality Children’s and Adult rental costumes for productions of Annie! We offer rental costumes for all of the iconic lead characters, including Annie, Oliver Warbucks, Miss Hannigan, Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan, Lily St. Regis, and Grace Farrell, as well as ensemble characters such as the Oprhans, Hooverville residents, Servants, Maids, and much more!


Annie is a certified Broadway classic and for good reason! Based on the beloved Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, Annie opened on Broadway in 1977 at the Alvin Theatre and became a worldwide phenomenon. Featuring music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan, Annie spawned numerous international productions, multiple national tours, and won seven Tony Awards, including the Tony for Best Musical. With songs like “Tomorrow” and “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” Annie is forever ingrained in the tapestry of American musical theatre and culture. The show’s family friendly nature and largely female cast makes it an ideal production choice for scholastic and community theatre ensembles. Annie follows the story of the titular red-headed orphan as she escapes from Miss Hannigan’s depressingly dilapidated orphanage in New York City with the hopes of finding her real parents. All the while, Annie begins making a home with Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, and Miss Hannigan forms her own malicious machinations.


The action begins in New York City in 1933, the height of the Great Depression. Eleven-year-old little orphan Annie sleeps in a decrepit dormitory in the Girls’ Annex of the New York City Municipal Orphanage with several other young girls her age. A six-year-old orphan named Molly wakes up from a bad dream crying for her mother, waking up Annie and the other orphans. Annie comforts the scared little girl by singing to her about her own parents, and how even though they abandoned her as infant, Annie holds onto the hope that they will come back one day and rescue her from the orphanage (“Maybe”). 


After ruminating about her aspirations of finally leaving the orphanage, Annie decides to escape to find her long lost parents. Unfortunately for the precocious little girl, her escape attempt is thwarted by Miss Hannigan, the villainously cruel director of the orphanage. As punishment, Miss Hannigan forces all of the orphans to get out of bed to scrub the floors and strip the beds as punishment for Annie’s misbehavior, even though it is 4:00 am. As the orphans begrudgingly follow Miss Hannigan’s commands, they lament about their difficult and unfair circumstances (“Hard-knock Life”). The following morning, Bundles McCloskey, the laundry man, arrives at the orphanage to make a pickup. While Miss Hannigan flirts with the laundry man, the orphans take advantage of her distracted state and sneak Annie out of the building in a laundry bag. Upon realizing Annie’s daring escape, Miss Hannigan calls for the police as the orphans celebrate their small victory, yet they also await their punishment at the hands of Miss Hannigan (“Hard-Knock Life - Reprise”).


From the very start of Annie’s tale, The Costumer will ensure that your audience is immediately transported to Depression-era New York City with the help of our fabulous rental costumes! The Costumer’s wide array of period-appropriate rental costumes for productions of Annie will capture all of the magic and charm of this classic musical fable. The titular orphan Annie will take the stage in a ragged dress, period-appropriate slip, and sweater to bear the frigid air in the decrepit dormitory. The Costumer also provides wig rentals for not only Annie’s iconic curly red hair, but for countless other characters as well! The cruel Miss Hannigan will appear as though she just rolled out of bed in a flannel nightgown and bathrobe. Bundles the laundryman will dutifully report for work in a uniform appropriate for a man of his profession, with white uniform pants, a white shirt, and matching jacket, topped off with a bow tie and white envelope hat. All of your ensemble members playing orphans will look equally as disheveled as young Annie in an array of tattered and grubby garments. 


Soon after her daring escape, young Annie finds herself on a street lined with tenements where she rescues a friendly mutt being chased by dog catchers. She tries to cheer up the poor dog by explaining her optimistic philosophy, that even if things are not great today, they are sure to get better in the future (“Tomorrow”). Soon after, Annie tricks a police officer into believing that the dog is hers by naming him Sandy right on the spot, causing the dog to miraculously respond to his new name, Thus, Annie and Sandy become an inseparable duo.


Later on, Annie and Sandy stumble upon a Hooverville under a bridge on the East River. The shanty town is populated by formerly well-off people who were suddenly left homeless by the Great Depression. The down on their luck residents of the Hooverville sarcastically toast the former president, Herbert Hoover, who they blame for their plight (“Hooverville”). The Hooverville residents befriend Annie and her new canine companion. Annie does her best to try and cheer up the squatters, insisting that the future will be brighter. Annie’s message of optimism is quickly broken up by a policeman who disperses the crowd, leading Annie and Sandy to escape.


As Annie’s exciting story continues and more characters are introduced, The Costumer will continue to provide you with quality rental costumes for every member of your ensemble! The dog catchers and policemen will appear in dutifully-pressed uniforms that will contrast against the rags worn by the downtrodden denizens of the Hooverville. As Annie’s tale continues to unfold, The Costumer will outfit all of the characters of this Broadway classic with authentic rental costumes, From Daddy Warbuck’s elegant 1930’s-styled double breasted suits, to the servants’ matching uniforms, and all the way to Annie’s iconic red collared red dress, The Costumer will have your ensemble dressed to the nines!


This is only a mere glimpse at what The Costumer has to offer for Annie! With the help of our rental costumes, let your artistic vision come to life onstage and transport your audience to the musical and endearing world of Annie! Request your free plot today! 


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