Documents for Annie

Warbucks, Grace and AnnieThis past June, I had the pleasure of playing the role of Daddy Warbucks in a local production of the musical Annie. It was especially fun because I got to share the stage with all three of my children. Like many stage productions, there are several documents in Annie that are fairly important to the story. Purely because I enjoyed it, I decided to create more or less “authentic” looking documents for us to use on stage.

Since I know there are plenty of productions of Annie going on all over the country each year, I decided I would go ahead and make these documents available to others. So here is the full set, for anyone to use with my compliments.

Act I, Scene 1: Annie’s Note

In the very first scene, Annie comforts Molly by reading the note left with her by her parents. I made up two notes because we had two Annies. If you crumple them and smooth them, crumple them and smooth them, and then bite off the corners with your teeth, it makes them look old and worn.

Act I, Scene 4: Orphan Rental Agreement

When Grace first visits the orphanage, she presents Hannigan with an “official-looking document” and tells her to sign it. The script doesn’t really say what kind of document this would be, so I figured it had to be some kind of rental agreement, complete with Mr. Donatelli’s signature. Print on plain white paper.

Act I, Scene 6: 1930’s-era Fake Money

This isn’t actually in the script, but in the NYC scene I had Warbucks tip a photographer with some paper money from his billfold. Since I didn’t want to have to work with real dollars, I printed this stuff up instead. It’s 20% larger than regular money, and just in case that wasn’t enough, I replaced Mr. Washington’s face with one that will probably be familiar. Print back to back on white paper, then cut apart.

Act II, Scene 1: Burt Healy Script

For the radio scene, I created a script that several of us could hold and work with. You’ll note that there are several lines in there that aren’t really in the script, mostly because I figured people would get off and so on. I ended up printing several copies for myself, because I tossed them in the air while I exited, scattering them all over the stage. Print on plain white paper.

Act II, Scene 4: Letter from Elliot Ness

When Warbucks and Annie get back from their trip to the White House, Drake brings out a letter from Elliot Ness that explains about the locket. I should point out that the signature on this document is actually Elliot Ness’s signature, which I lifted from a historical document that I found online. Not really necessary, I why not? Print on plain white paper.

Act I, Scene 7: Deed of Adoption

When Grace visits the orphanage the second time, she brings with her yet another paper for Hannigan to sign, this one consenting to Warbucks’ adoption of Annie. This one is totally made up, but it looks official enough. Print on plain white paper.

Act II, Scene 3: Telegram from Grace

In the cabinet room at the White House, FDR receives a telegram, which turns out to be from Grace to Warbucks. The telegram I created is actually based on a telegram from the period. I had it printed on a cream-colored stock.

Act II, Scene 5: Annie’s Birth Certificate and The Mudge’s Driver’s Licenses

When Rooster and Lily visit the Warbucks Mansion dressed as Ralph and Shirley Mudge, they present Grace with fake driver’s licenses and a doctored-up birth certificate for Annie. I printed the birth certificate on light blue paper and the driver’s licenses on white card stock, and folded them over. Both are based on documents from the period.

Act II, Scene 6: Letter from the FBI

In the final scene, while the orphans are getting their Christmas presents, Drake enters and gives Warbucks a letter from the FBI, which tells everyone exactly who Rooster is. Print on plain white paper.

Act II, Scene 6: Certified Check for $50,000

Later in the final scene, Warbucks finally presents a check to Rooster (a.k.a. Ralph Mudge). I printed these on goldenrod paper and cut them up. I needed at least one per show, because I tore up the check and threw the confetti in Rooster’s face just to tick him off.

So there you go. Hope someone finds these documents and uses them.


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43 comments on “Documents for Annie
  1. This blog site is terrific. I am honored to be playing the role of Daddy Warbucks in an upcoming production in Woodstock, Illinois in “Annie, the Musical”. Was searching for a copy of a check for $50,000 for Warbucks and you provided so much more. Our production will benefit greatly from the work you have done to place all these notes, etc, for our use.
    Thanks again!

    • David says:

      How was the production? Did it go well?

      I just finished playing Wilbur Turnblad in a production of “Hairspray.” I’m glad you were able to get some good use out of the documents!

      • Our play, “Annie” runs April 4th through the 27th. Everyone appreciated the documents you have created. It makes it all that more real and authentic. Thanks much. Wish I could have seen you in Hairspray.

  2. Aimee says:

    These documents are FABULOUS!! I am directing Annie Jr. at an elementary school (My first time directing) I just sat down to make all these documents. You cannot imagine how happy I am to have found them all here!! You just saved me so much time and I am really excited to have such professional looking documents. It is the small details such as these that make a good show a great show! Thanks again!

    • David says:

      I’m so glad someone else is getting some use out of this. I’m also glad that Google (or whichever search engine you used) got you here! Hope you have an amazing production. Send me a picture if you think about it…

  3. Harmony says:

    Hello!! These are incredible! I am currently directing an Upstate New York production of Annie, Jr. and I love love love that you not only took the time to make these, but also posted these for others to use! We open in two days and I can’t wait to surprise the kids with these for our final dress. If the program wasn’t already printed, I would totally give you a credit in it! 🙂 Thanks, again, you wonderful man!!

  4. Benita says:

    Thank you so much !!! When it comes to productions, I am a little OCD …these documents are wonderful !

  5. Laura says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these…saved me hours of work!

    • David says:

      You’re definitely welcome. Hope your production goes great!
      Just out of curiosity … how did you find the docs? A simple Google search?

  6. Nichole says:

    Thank you so much for the documents. Our school is performing Annie Jr. and we were needing these props! Thanks so much!

    • David says:

      OK, I’m getting so many messages about different productions using the docs that I’ll ask something new. If you send me a picture or two of your performance, I’ll post them here for posterity. How does that sound?

  7. Sandy says:

    David, you are my new best friend. I’m in charge of props for a production of Annie, Jr., and this is EXACTLY what I needed! I found them by searching “Annie birth certificate.” You made my day, dude.

    • David says:

      That’s why they’re there! I’m glad so many people have been able to use them! Send me a production photo if you get a chance and I’ll post it.

  8. Renee' Valenti says:

    You have made me the hero on prop documents. Our school is doing Annie Jr. May 7-9th and this will make it so much more realistic. So appreciate your time and the time is has saved me. Many blessing to you.

    • David says:

      Hooray! If you get around to it, send me a few photos from the production that I can post. Hope the show goes great!

  9. MMad says:

    Thank you so much! I’m working on a production of Annie, Jr. and this is a wonderful resource and seriously awesome. Thanks for being a total rockstar!!

  10. Lillie says:

    Wow! I am currently SM for a production of Annie, JR and I was tasked with making all of the documents. This is awesome!! You have saved me so much time. Thank you!!!

  11. Kathy Langner says:

    I am in charge of creating the documents for our school’s performance of Annie Jr.

    Thank you so much for sharing what you created so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. What a time saver!

    Kathy Langner

  12. Joanie says:

    Thank you so so much for posting this! We are doing Annie this coming weekend and it is a real time-saver for me to be able to print these out!

  13. Becky says:

    I can not thank you enough for these documents! You are a lifesaver! Our production of Annie Jr. is the weekend of February 12th! I’m so excited to show the performers these documents. You have made my job so much easier! Thank you!

  14. Matt Adams says:

    I just wanted to say thanks for the documents. In the pre-tech week rush, we in the props committee forget about these.

    Thanks again. They came in handy.

  15. Pat Snodgrass says:

    Thank you soooooo much!!! We will be using these this week and next. Can’t wait!

  16. Laura says:

    Thank you, thank you!! These are perfect for our middle school production of Annie later this month. These are perfect, and such a time saver! The kids will love them!

  17. Scrib says:

    Saved me hours of work. Creating props is time consuming. Thanks!

  18. Lisa Rodvien says:

    We open on Friday! These are fantastic and my middle schoolers don’t even know how grateful they should be for your help with our production in Odenton, Maryland

  19. Richard Montez says:

    David, I sound like a broken record, but thank you! I’m directing “Annie” in Zagreb, Croatia, and already, the amount of props, sets, costumes, etc. is daunting! So, to have any help at all is a great blessing. Thank you!

  20. Stephanie Becerra says:

    Thank you so so so so much!! This was amazing, I know when I show my cast this tomorrow they will find it just as awesome!!

  21. Adele says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these fantastic resounces, they are perfect for our primary school production of Annie jr. We are so greatful!

  22. Erin P says:

    I was trying to figure out how to make all these 1930’s paper props for Annie, and i stumbled upon this site and WHAM, there they were!!! Thank you for your hard work in creating these great documents. I had tried to create my own but was struggling to make some of them look authentic. Any suggestions on how to create a Wall Street Paper?
    Going to be an Epic theatre production in Montrose CO!
    Thank you again!

  23. christine lynd says:

    Thank you SO much! This is my first time finding props for the production and you have made my job so much easier!!!!