Girl power drives show

NDET 04-10-12 MC 6'Annie by Chesterfield Theatre Company
NDET 04-10-12 MC 6'Annie by Chesterfield Theatre Company
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Thank Heaven for Little Girls is a song that has been performed by Maurice Chevalier, Perry Como and even Peter Sellers.

Thank Heaven for Little Girls is a song that has been performed by Maurice Chevalier, Perry Como and even Peter Sellers.

It’s the signature tune from the show Gigi - but it could equally be applied to the musical Annie.

Because without girls to populate the orphanage in Annie, there would be no show.

Forty loveable little girls will be scampering around on stage at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, next week in a production of the musical.

Heading the cast is 11-year-old Darci Wilson, of Newbold, who said: “I am really excited .”

She is no stranger to the heart-warming musical, having played Annie’s best friend Molly for Chesterfield Operatic Society five years ago.

Since then, Darci has appeared in several shows with Diane Bradbury School of Theatre Dance and will be performing alongside star Charlie Dimmock in this year’s panto at the Pomegranate.

She said: “When I first go on stage, I get butterflies. My mum said it’s a good job if you get butterflies because it might go wrong if you don’t get them.”

Her mum is Paula Wilson, a member of Chesterfield Operatic Society and a dance teacher.

Proud mum Paula will be watching her little girl at every performance of the show, staged by Chesterfield Studios from October 22-24.

Annie is a role which will test Darci’s acting skills especially in scenes with her character’s arch enemy Pepper. Orphan Pepper is played by Rhea Hart, who Darci is friendly with and is at school with at Newbold Community. Darci said: “Pepper doesn’t like Annie and we give each other dead-eye looks.”

She’ll also be keeping a protective eye on Annie’s best friend Molly. Ellie-Mai Brown, 8, of Newbold, Chesterfield, who plays the pal, said: “Molly is quite a mardy character who is always on about her mum and Annie looks out for her.”

Ellie-Mai’s sister Charlotte plays a maid and radio entertainer in the show. Charlotte, 16, is studying performing arts at Chesterfield College.

Theatre studies at St Mary’s RC High School and musicals with Chesterfield Operatic Society have equipped Holly Sumpton for her first principal role, playing secretary Grace Farrell.

Holly, 17, of Walton, said: “I found the role quite difficult to start off with but I have enjoyed playing Grace.”