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Drop Page, Warbucks Continues


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

August 5, 2012

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Little Orphan Annie Postage Stamp, comics, USA stamp, 32 centsAre you familiar with the scene in Annie where Oliver Warbucks goes to the radio station to make an appeal to find Annie's parents?

The Oxydent radio scene in Annie relates to voice talent in many ways including on-air, jingle singing, ventriloquism, script reading and Foley artistry.

Join me in discussing one of the most comical exercises in reading copy and share your own comical mistakes in today's VOX Daily.

Drop Page!

During the first scene of Act II in the musical Annie, Bert Healy, Wacky and the lovely Boylan Sisters help Annie, an orphan who believes her parents are still alive, make a public announcement over the air waves on America's favorite radio program, the Oxydent Hour of Smiles.

Once they are finished, Oliver Warbucks is invited to take the microphone. Inexperienced when it comes to being on-air, Warbucks reads aloud technical instructions such as "drop page" during the course of the conversation.

No doubt you've either done similar things at one point or seen someone else read instructions on the script that were merely meant to serve as artistic or technical direction.

What About You?

Share your memories of this scene or amusing examples you've experienced by commenting on the blog now!

Best wishes,

iStockphoto.com©Ken Brown

Related Topics: radio, reading, YouTube


    This is so funny! I just got back from seeing a community theater production of Annie in Maryland this afternoon. I've loved the play since I was a kid and that scene always cracks me up. "Did I just do a commercial?!" :)

    Posted by:
    • NancyTyler
    • August 5, 2012 7:58 PM

      I was in a V.O. commercial audition at my agency. It was early in the morning (10am). My agent handed me the script and I jumped in the booth, slated, and did my first take. My agent started laughing hysterically. She said I was reading the description of what style of voice they were looking for and not the line. I looked back down at the page

      Male: (insert some descriptive words)
      Female: (insert some descriptive words)

      I thought that was part of the script and I was reading the female part. Then I started laughing hysterically as well because the line I was supposed to be reading was large and bold at the top of the page! Don't ask me how I missed that- ha!

      Needless to say I ended up booking the job! I think all of our laughter before we did the real first take came through in my voice and helped me land the job.

      Posted by:
      • Sara Lahti
      • August 6, 2012 5:21 PM

        I had attended a peer group session. I partnered up with a guy to do a character script. Then the instructor told us to switch ( switch character roles). Well, we not only switched roles but we even switched places, too! Everyone was just on the floor laughing.

        Posted by:
        • Adela
        • August 6, 2012 10:26 PM

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