Four or­phans thrilled

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

AS FAR as these girls are con­cerned they’ve hit the big time.

Ge­or­gia Lind­say, Hay­ley Min­turn, Ara­bella Patrick and Lucy Tay­lor will play or­phans in the mu­si­cal An­nie which is about to hit the stage at the Civic Theatre.

The in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­tion is in Auck­land from June 13 to July 6.

Be­ing of­fered the part was par­tic­u­larly good news for 12-year-old Ge­or­gia. She was cut af­ter the first round of au­di­tions but later got called back.

‘‘I wasn’t re­ally, re­ally sad when I was cut, but I was a bit dis­ap­pointed. I was re­ally happy when I got the call­back,’’ the Ep­som res­i­dent says.

The stage isn’t new to any of the girls.

They all claim to not be even the slight­est bit ner­vous about per­form­ing in front of an au­di­ence of thou­sands.

But the stakes are high and fo­cus is im­por­tant, 10-year-old Ara­bella says.

‘‘You just have to imag­ine how you would feel if you muck it up and how good people will think you are if you get it right,’’ the Mt Eden res­i­dent says.

There are only nine or­phans in An­nie but 24 girls are be­ing trained to play the roles on a ro­ta­tional ba­sis to avoid them need­ing to be on stage ev­ery day.

Hun­dreds of chil­dren au­di­tioned for the parts.

The girls say per­form­ing in the large-scale pro­duc­tion is a dream come true. Keep­ing up with re­hearsals means tak­ing two days each week off from school. They’re all work­ing hard to catch up though, the girls say.

The An­nie tour has al­ready passed through Sin­ga­pore af­ter leav­ing Eng­land. Oliver ‘‘Daddy’’ War­bucks is played by David McAlis­ter, who has fea­tured on tele­vi­sion shows such as Easten­ders and Em­merdale.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

The cast: Ge­or­gia Lind­say, Hay­ley Min­turn, Ara­bella Patrick and Lucy Tay­lor have scored parts as or­phans in the stage show An­nie.

Go to cen­tral­leader.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of the New Zealand au­di­tions for An­nie.

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