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Four orphans thrilled

EMMA WHITTAKER
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Annie Orphans

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

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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.

See ticketmaster.co.nz or phone 970 9700 for tickets.

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