The countdown is on for “Annie”

The countdown is on for Hawera Repertory’s production of “Annie” which opens on Friday 7th June. This multi award winning musical features some of musical theatres biggest hits including “Hard Knock Life” and of course “Tomorrow”.

Hawera Repertory has backed this production with a generous budget and a huge amount of volunteer time to give our audience a professional style show, whilst still maintaining amateur ticketing prices. The value for money is hard to beat. Some of the elements you can expect are an impressive set that will take you to 1930 New York, professional sound so you won’t miss a note, stunning lights including a LED screen and costuming that will transport you back in time.
Being taken on that journey and losing yourself in a show for a couple of hours is part of the magic of theatre.

The high calibre of singers in this show, across all roles is worth the ticket price alone. And leading from the front will be Brenna Johnson and Niamh O’Sullivan as our two Annie’s. The show has two Annie’s and also two sets of orphans as it is a very demanding show for the younger cast members.

Between Team Niamh and Team Brenna there are 18 young actresses, the future of theatre in South Taranaki looks very strong with the talent and commitment been shown by all these young stars. To find out who is in each team, go to hawerarep.org and look under Annie, and the team lists, times and dates of their respective shows is in the children’s performance schedule.

Another star of the show is “Sandy” the dog. Not at all put off by the mantra of not working with animals and children, director Shaun Campbell found his canine actor in New Plymouth, and Sandy has been working hard and only requires some treats and his own toilet!

Shaun Campbell is thrilled with how well the cast and crew have worked to bring the show to the high standard he had set out to achieve, and he can’t wait for audiences to be able to enjoy the labour of love that directing a show is.

“Annie” is a family friendly musical and with this in mind, there are four matinees with various times, as well as six-night shows. Come along and enjoy the escapism of theatre and let “Annie” fill you with optimism and some catchy tunes.

The show will be held in the very well-appointed Hawera Memorial Theatre. Tickets can be purchased online from ticketdirect or from the I-Site in Hawera. The show runs from Friday 7th to Saturday 15th June. So, don’t wait until “Tomorrow” to get your tickets, do it today!

Submission by Ben Thomas

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