Young stars all set to shine in Annie

Annie played by Imogen Walker with the orphans clockwise from front left: Danielle Brown, Hannah Courtney, Rebekah Mitchell, Catriona Fraser, Lucy McLaren, Hannah Mitchell and Isla Nelson.
Annie played by Imogen Walker with the orphans clockwise from front left: Danielle Brown, Hannah Courtney, Rebekah Mitchell, Catriona Fraser, Lucy McLaren, Hannah Mitchell and Isla Nelson.

Rising young stars from Forfar and Kirriemuir are in action this week with their production of Annie in Kirriemuir Town Hall.

The show opened on Wednesday and runs nightly through to Friday, with a Saturday matinee to round off the production.

Over 40 young singers, dancers and actors, all under the age of 16, have been busy rehearsing over the last few weeks for Annie, The Musical.

As part of the preparations for the popular show a special audition was held locally to track down a four legged star to play Annie’s best friend, Sandy, with Alfie, a West Highland Terrier from Dundee, winning the part.

“Alfie is just so cute and incredibly gentle,” said Imogen Walker (13), who is playing Annie.

“There were so many lovely dogs to choose from for the part of Sandy, Annie’s dog, but he captured my heart!”

Dogs from throughout the north east travelled to Northmuir for the auditions, including Billy, a golden retriever from Kirriemuir, Spare, a Collie/Springer from Arbroath, Poppy the Tibetan Spaniel from Dundee and the appropriately-named Sandie, a Golden Labrador from Blairgowrie.

“We were delighted with the turnout at the auditions,” said Fiona Retalic, director of Annie, The Musical and founder of Rising Youngstars. “I thought casting the orphans in Annie was difficult – but that was nothing compared to choosing the dog to play Sandy.”

Annie is based on the famous comic strip ‘Little Orphan Annie’ and is a heartwarming tale of friendship, love and, of course, features lots of song and dance routines, including ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile’.

“This show is perfect for all the family,” continued Fiona. “The children and young people who are appearing in Annie are so enthusiastic, so dedicated – and so talented! This is going to be another fantastic show from the Rising Youngstars!”

Other cast members for the show are Molly, Julia Murie; Kate, Lucy McLaren; Pepper, Penny Stephens; July, Rose Stephens; Duffy, Rebekah Mitchell; Tessie, Hannah Mitchell; Miss Hannigan, Alice Robson; Rooster, Thomas Fullerton; Lily, Amy Baigrie; Daddy Warbucks, Nicoll Butter; Grace Farrell, Eilidh Watt; Drake, James Keenan; President Roosevelt, Douglas Taylor; Bert Healy, Graham Turner; Wacky, Douglas Taylor; Boylan Sisters, Aylie Fucella, Tasmin Glass, Abbie McLaren, Georgia Tato. Other Orphans - Danielle Brown, Hannah Courtney, Mia Cruickshanks, Lauren Downie, Cara Florence, Catrina Fraser, Millie Houstoun, Isla Nelson, Millie Houstoun, Kara Paul, Jasmine Retalic.

Servants - Emily Simpson, Ellen Wilson, Georgia Tato, Heather Paterson, Bethan Forrest, Callum Gibb, Katie Gibb.
Apple Seller, Shannon Whatley; Bundles McCloskey, Fergus Durston; Dog Catchers, Emily and Mary Simpson; Justice Brandeis, Maddie Farquhar; Lieutenant Ward, Jamie Houstoun; Morgenthau, Kyle Simpson; Star-to-Be, Tasmin Glass.
Rising Youngstars’ production of Annie, The Musical, which has been awarded Event Funding by Angus Council, will be performed at Kirriemuir Town Hall at 7.30 p.m. from Wednesday, June 12 until Friday, June 14, 2013 with a matinee performance only on Saturday, June 15. Tickets (priced £8 or £6 concessions) are on sale at Star Rock Shop, Kirriemuir; Forfar Golf Driving Range; Garlands Florist, East High Street, Forfar; and from Diann Baxter on 07759 491 819 or email diannbaxter@talktalk.net