BEVERLEY Musical Theatre is performing Annie at Hull New Theatre between 15-19 May and rehearsals have stepped up a gear with two dogs being selected to perform in the show.
But it wasn’t just any dog that was chosen to play Sandy, with auditions being held for the hopeful pooches.
Director Mark Daniels put them through their paces and got them to do tricks and obedience tests and the two children playing Annie got to know them, so they could see which ones responded most favourably.
They had to deal with a singing dog and owner to match, a timid lurcher, a diva-ish camera-greedy mongrel, a performing cross breed, a Clint Eastwood-style nonchalant collie, a plodding cavalier and an orphan evie cross.
However, they eventually chose a black and white cross named Toby, who has had lots of experience of stage performing, and a cute cross terrier called Pepper, who mostly did as he was told.
The 40 children playing orphans in the show will be singing in St Stephens in Hull on 21 April, in order to raise the show’s profile. Everyone is welcome to go along to see them perform.
The many children are all from Hull and East Riding schools, so Beverley Musical Theatre is offering schools and groups an exclusive discount for groups of 10 or more children aged 16 and under to go to see the show and see their friends in action. This also includes two accompanying adults per group. Extra adults will be charged at the standard ticket price.
Normal ticket prices are £12, £14 and £16. Offer tickets will be £6. If you would like to take advantage of this offer then please call the box office on 01482 300300 and state the performance date you wish to attend, the school you are from, and the number of tickets required.