Lead role on offer in youngsters’ show

SHAGGY DOG STORY .... the cast of the Customs House's take on Annie Jr.
SHAGGY DOG STORY .... the cast of the Customs House's take on Annie Jr.

YOUNGSTERS staging their version of a Broadway classic still have one part left to fill – and it’s a lead role in more ways than one.

Children appearing in Annie Jr at the Customs House, in South Shields, are looking for a talented pooch to play the stray dog Sandy who becomes Annie’s best pal.

The show – a version of the 1977 musical by Charles Strouse, Martin Charnin and Thomas Meehan – is being staged by the Customs House’s theatre summer school, from next Friday to Sunday, August 10.

The cast includes Jessica Emms, nine, and Emily Mohan, 10. The pair, both of South Shields, will share the role of Annie.

The group plans to stage six performances of the show, telling the story of an orphan girl in New York.

Director Gareth Hunter, running the summer school with choreographer Hazel Pude and musical director Stacey Ghent, said: “We’re looking for a sandy-coloured dog who is as well behaved as a dog can be to work with our little Annies in the show.

“It doesn’t really matter what breed or size it is, as long as it’s the right colour and its owner thinks it could be a star.

“We’d need it to come in next week for a little bit just to get used to working with the kids, and we’ll need it for the six shows.

“Sandy is only really in one scene, though, so the owner could take their dog home after it.

“The show is shaping up really well and we’ve got a great bunch of kids.”

Anyone who thinks their dog is suitable can e-mail Gareth atgareth@ionentertainment.co.uk or call 07736 687678.

Tickets for Annie Jr cost £11, with a £9 concession. To book, go to www.customshouse.co.uk or call the Mill Dam venue’s box office on 454 1234.

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