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Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Emma Whittaker

THE CAST: Scarlett Jacques, left, Jocelyn Scott, Emma Herbert and Amelie James-Power have all got parts in the stage show Annie which is coming to Auckland. 

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As far as these girls are concerned they've hit the big time.

Scarlett Jacques, Jocelyn Scott, Emma Herbert and Amelie James-Power will play orphans in the musical Annie which is coming to the Civic Theatre.

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

"Since I was 4 I've wanted to be on Broadway or the West End," 11-year-old Scarlett from Remuera says.

The promise of audiences of thousands doesn't faze the girls who are no strangers to the stage. "I've been doing it since I was in nappies. I love the stage," 9-year-old Amelie says.

The Glendowie resident has got her eye on a part in The Sound of Music which may also be coming to New Zealand this year.

Keeping focused on the stage with so much else going on is a challenge for 12-year-old Jocelyn.

"You have to keep in character. You're not supposed to have a bit of you pop out," the Remuera resident says.

There are only nine orphans in Annie but 24 girls are being trained to play the roles on a rotational basis, so that the youngsters don't have to be on stage every day.

Hundreds of children auditioned for the parts.

Keeping up with rehearsals means taking two days off school every week. 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 like Eastenders and Emmerdale.

Go to or phone 970 9700 for tickets.

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- East And Bays Courier

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