Twice the talent as ‘Annie’ double-acts take to the Warrnambool stage

‘Annie’ double-act Annabel Ziegeler, (left), 16, and Tabitha Alexander, 15,  with Echo,  which takes one of the parts of Sandy, a stray dog in the production. 
Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

‘Annie’ double-act Annabel Ziegeler, (left), 16, and Tabitha Alexander, 15, with Echo, which takes one of the parts of Sandy, a stray dog in the production.  Picture: LEANNE PICKETT

THE rule is, don’t work with children or animals, so Rob Foard is taking on double-trouble as director of Emmanuel College’s production of the musical Annie this week.

The production has not one, but two performers for each of the characters of Annie and a stray dog that she befriends. Mr Foard said the college couldn’t decide between the talents of students Annabel Ziegeler and Tabitha Alexander for the principal part of Annie.

So it gave each of them two performances of the four-performance production. With Annie in virtually all of the show, having a back-up lead performer was also a great safeguard in case of illness. However, having two people play the lead role meant each had to bond with a dog so two dogs, Echo and Rosie, were recruited to play the part of the stray. Annie will be performed at matinees for local schools today and tomorrow and to the public at sellout evening performances tomorrow and Saturday.

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