Talented young actors and actresses are putting the final touches to a West End show soon to be performed in Birmingham.
The Stage Experience scheme was created by the New Alexandra Theatre a decade ago to offer young talent a place to learn the stage skills of professional thespians. During the two-week course the group has been offered a unique chance to work with a professional production team and perform with a live orchestra in the hit musical Annie.
This full-scale production features all the classic songs including It’s a Hard Knock Life, Easy Street and of course Tomorrow. Set in New York during the depression era, the show follows the story of the 1982 film about feisty orphan Annie, who despite being abandoned by her parents on the doorstep of a New York orphanage remains optimistic that everything is going to turn out just fine.
The musical sees the youngster along with her faithful four-legged friend Sandy embark on a journey to find her parents.
The title role will be played by Georgia Price, aged 16, from Colton, Stafford.
She said: “I’m hugely excited about winning the part of Annie in what is going to be an amazing show at the New Alexandra Theatre. I enjoy playing the part of Annie because she is both a little bit feisty but also very kind-hearted, and it’s nice to play such an interesting role.”
Richard Batham, 21 and from Oldbury has been singing and acting for eight years and has already starred at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. He has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar and will take to the stage as Daddy Warbucks. He said: “It’s amazing to be a part of a classic musical such as Annie and to play a role such as Daddy Warbucks who is a huge villain.”
Tickets cost from £15 to £17.50 and it runs from Wednesday to Saturday. Call the box office on 0844 871 3011 or book online at www.atgtickets.com/birmingham