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Melody takes to stage

EMMA WHITTAKER
Last updated 05:00 19/03/2014
Melody Lui-Webster
THE CAST: Melody Lui-Webster will play an orphan in the musical Annie.

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Hours of dancing and singing along to musicals on DVD is paying off for Melody Lui-Webster.

She's scored a part in the musical Annie which is about to hit the stage in Auckland.

The English production has already been seen by millions during it's tour of Great Britain, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Melody is playing an orphan in the Auckland shows.

It's her first professional production and she was selected for the role from more than 600 New Zealand children.

"I had no idea I would get this far," the Pakuranga resident says.

"It's going to be great - all the singing and dancing. I'll get to do all the stuff I love. Normally I only get to do it with a DVD at home."

Les Miserables and Beauty and the Beast are Melody's favourites to sing along to in the family lounge.

The thought of performing to an audience of thousands doesn't faze the 9-year-old Pakuranga Heights School student.

"The hard part will be all of the practice. But you've got to do it if you want to stay in and I certainly want to stay in," she says.

Twenty-four girls are being trained to play the nine orphan roles in Annie to avoid them having to be on stage every night.

The rehearsal schedule means they have two days off school each week.

Melody says she's been working hard to keep up.

Annie is on at The Civic theatre from June 13 to July 6.

Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks is played by David McAlister who has featured on television shows like Eastenders.

Ticketmaster.co.nz or phone 970 9700 for tickets.

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