Theatre group finds Annie and canine co-star

Abigail Cox as Annie with Alfie the dog
Abigail Cox as Annie with Alfie the dog

The golden advice to anyone in the world of theatre is “never work with animals or children”.

However, Herstmonceux Amateur Theatre Society have ignored this instruction and taken on a real challenge for their next show.

The famous musical Annie, which comes to Herstmonceux Village Hall in November, centres around young girls in an orphanage in New York.

It tells the story of an orphan named Annie and her change in fortune from living in an orphanage to befriending a dog and meeting up with a wealthy businessman.

HATS have a large junior section and boast a membership of nearly 40 young people from the age of seven to 17.

The girls in this production had to go through tough auditions and more than ten actresses competed for the part of Annie. Abigail Cox was picked for the lead role and the production team say she has made massive progress with the part.

The more difficult part to cast was the dog. Where do you find an obedient dog who can work well with a big cast, work well with children, not worry about a live band and go on and off stage when required without assistance? The answer: Herstmonceux. Or, to be precise, Coopers Croft Cattery.

If people want to see this wonderful musical and see how Alfie the dog gets on then they can go along to Herstmonceux Village Hall from Tuesday, November 4, to Saturday, November 8, at 7.30pm. There will be a matinee performance on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £6 for children and available from Caprice Hair Fashions on 01323 832117 or Stevens and Carter, Hailsham, on 01323 840444.