Are you the next Annie?

The society's last Annie from 1987 was Helen Latham, who is now TV and a stage actress
The society's last Annie from 1987 was Helen Latham, who is now TV and a stage actress
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Auditions are being held for the roles of Annie and the Orphans in Preston Musical Comedy Society’s production of Annie from 9am on Saturday at the Charter Theatre. The show runs April 16-19

You too could become a Footballer’s Wife without slapping on the make-up and hanging around Manchester’s trashiest nightclubs.

Preston Musical Comedy Society is looking for girls to take part in a spectacular production of the musical Annie.

The last time it staged the show the lead part was won by Helen Latham, who later found stardom playing Lucy Milligan in the hit TV show Footballers’ Wives.

She also starred in the film Sex Lives of the Potato Men with Johnny Vegas and Everything But the Kitchen in Sync alongside Paul Nicholas.

Auditions for Annie will take place at The Charter Theatre tomorrow at 9am.

Those girls who are successful in the first round of auditions will be required to attend call backs at 2pm that afternoon.

The final round of auditions will take place on Sunday, January 12 from 1pm at Harris Primary School, Wychnor, off Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston.

Girls must be aged six or over on April 16 and must be no taller than 5ft 2ins.

Auditionees will be required to sing a short excerpt from Hard Knock Life.

If successful in the first round they will then be required to perform a short dance routine to the same song.

No previous experience is required and no preparation is necessary as everything will be taught on the day of the auditions.

Successful candidates will be required to attend rehearsals every Sunday from 1pm - 5pm and on some Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm from four to six weeks before the show.

The show will be staged at The Charter Theatre from Wednesday, April 16 to Saturday, April 19.

There is no need to register in advance just turn up on the day.

Annie is based on the cartoon strip Little Orphan Annie, which was popular in the USA from the 1920s.

It was turned into a musical in 1977 and then into a film in 1982 starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters.

It tells the heartwarming tale of an orphan who lives in an ophanange run by Miss Hannigan who is a sleazy, fairly unpleasant character.

Annie was left as a baby with a letter saying her parents would return for her one day, and the thought of this keeps her going.

However sometimes she runs away to try and find them for herself.

One day after escaping for a while, and finding a dog, she is returned by a policeman and is about to be punished by Miss Hannigan when Grace Farrell arrives.

She is the secretary to Mr Warbucks the billionaire.

He wishes to give an orphan a holiday in his grand home for Christmas – and Grace chooses Annie.

Annie is immediately loved by everyone, including Warbucks, who asks her if she would like to be adopted by him...