SPX Waterdale Players Inc. present Annie from 4 – 12 March 2011.


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The Story

Annie is a spunky depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family and home with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This classic family musical will be brought to life from Friday 4 March to Saturday 12 March at the Rivergum Theatre, Parade College.

About The Show

Annie is a Broadway musical based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and the book by Thomas Meehan.

The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Some of its most popular musical numbers include "Tomorrow" and "It’s the Hard-Knock Life."

Waterdale’s Production

As many of you know, Waterdale Productions have managed to get ‘on the list,’ so to speak, at the Guild Awards almost every year since its inception and having snuck in for a listen at the recent Sitzprobe well, I can tell you that the MUSIC is pretty impressive!

Now, most people would think that the role of Annie and her orphan friends should be cast with ‘young’ girls from a single digit age group. Well, there are a couple of young girls in the orphan roles but Annie (played by the talented Yasmin Ismail) is currently doing her VCE!

If you consider Waterdale’s previous reputation of being pretty daring in presenting some controversial characters, scenes, dance numbers, etc. in previous shows, then their attempt at keeping away from the ‘norm’ is possibly an expectation these days. Well done, I say!

The list of quality principals in this production promises something special and if you don’t fall in love with Rob Clark (aka Mr Warbucks), when you hear his voice, then you were not paying attention.

Rowland Brache’s vision from the beginning was that he really wanted to give the music some innocence and child-like vulnerability, which you will notice in some of the arrangements e.g. “Maybe” and “Tomorrow” just to add something new and give Annie a bit more life and colour to be accessible to the audience who come to see musical theatre these days. It is not just the mums and dads that come along, so you have to cater to all ages.

Listen out for an added original number (written by Rowland Brache) and sung by the Boylan Sisters, called “The Jello Song” – it is adorable and those of you who are familiar with the Andrew Sisters (of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" fame) will certainly be smiling and tapping their toes along to the beat.

A lot of people are familiar with the soundtrack of Annie will notice new musical strengths in their favourite numbers.
The majority of the band is made up of High School and University students, which is keeping the ‘youth’ aspect and involvement of Waterdale strong but regardless that these are students, from my own personal observation they sound as professional as you would get at any show.

Another special surprise in this production is the feature of a different ‘star-to-be’ at every performance – these surprise guests include: Brigid DeNeefe, Jacqueline Levitas, Daniel Puckey, Candice Sweetman, Stephen Valeri & Gina Mets.


Annie Yasmin Ismail Miss Hannigan Jaclyn DeVincentis
Mr Warbucks Rob Clark Grace Farrell Kathleen Amarant
Rooster Robbie Wilton Lily St Regis Angie Bedford
Bert Healy James Terry Duffy Ashleigh Psaila
July Taylor Podesta-Muir Kate Emily Dickinson
Tessie Bianca Reale Nessie Stephanie King
Molly Phoebe Bengough Pepper Amanda Flannery
Boylan Sisters Mardi Cuthbert, Sarah Cuthbert, and Hannah McRae
Ensemble Aishling Sharkey, Anthony Economou, Ashlea Dyson, Brad Murphy, Caitlyn Burt, Catherine Worsnop, Chelsea Heaney, Elizabeth Carr, Ellen Lane, Jack Turner, Jessica Kennedy, Jimmy Adler, Jon Curnow, Kelly Thomas, Kris Brown, Laura Ghiotti, Melissa Karakaltsas, Michael Walter, Michelle Butler, Nicole Kiely, Rachel Edwards, and Sam Hawkwood.

Performance Details

Rivergum Theatre at Parade College
1436 Plenty Road, Bundoora, VICTORIA, 3083

Friday 4th March, 8pm
Saturday 5th March, 8pm
Sunday 6th March, 5pm *
Thursday 10th March, 8pm
Friday 11th March, 8pm
Saturday 12th March, 2pm*
Saturday 12th March, 8pm
*SPECIAL- Meet and Greet some of the Annie characters
in the foyer following these performances

Adult – $22.00
Concession – $18.00
Child – $16

For enquiries call 0415 978 975
To book tickets go to: www.waterdaleplayers.com/annie
Or purchase tickets at the door

SPX Waterdale Players Inc. (WATERDALE) is a youth theatre group based in the Banyule area. WATERDALE provides opportunities for Melbourne youth to develop their skills and further their involvement in all aspects of theatre performance and production in a supportive and professional environment. WATERDALE prides itself on making theatre accessible to the local community.

Annie is WATERDALE’s sixth musical following the success of Pippin, Fame, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Mikado and Little Shop of Horrors.