ACT One..."more than just drama"




This amateur production is presented by arrangement with

8 - 11 February 2017

7.30 p.m. each evening and 2.30 p.m. Saturday Matinee

Hind Leys Theatre
Forest St, Shepshed, Leics., LE12 9DB




Annie Bella
- Molly Josie A
- Pepper Josie I
- Duffy Charlie
- July Freya
- Tessie Olivia K
- Kate Ayeka
- Maisie Scarlett
- Lizzie Alice
Oliver (Daddy) Warbucks Jack
Grace Farrell Katie M
Miss Hannigan Danni
Rooster Hannigan Oliver H
Lily St Regis Jemma
Bert Healey Jacob
Franklyn D Roosevelt Tom M
Servants: (* = dancers)
- Drake Ben
- Mrs Greer Nikki*
- Mrs Pugh Georgia
- Cecille Beth*
- Annette Maddie*
- Chauffeur Tom L
- Other Servants

Jed*, Joe*, Millie-Mae*, Olivia N*, Paige*, Tom M*, Tom P* & Will*

Star To Be Olivia N
Boylan Sisters:  
- Bonnie Katie I
- Connie Susie
- Ronnie Izzy
Cabinet Members:  
- Ickes Tom P
- Perkins Tom H
- Howe Tom L
- Morgenthau Ryan
- Hull Will
Bundles McCloskey Tom P
Apple Seller Lulu
Dog Catcher Eleanor
Lt Ward Tom H
Eddie Will
Sophie Paige
Man 1 Tom M
Man 2 (With Papers) Jacob
Man 3 Tom L
Man 4 Ben
Woman 1 Beth
Woman 2 Maddie
Woman 3 Olivia N
Woman 4 Susie
Policeman Ryan
Radio Announcer Paige
Usherette Millie-Mae
2 Kids in NYC Scarlett & Alice
Radio Studio Cast:  
- Sound Effects Man Alex
- Jimmy Johnson Tom L
- Fred McCracken & Wacky Ryan & Oliver L
- Producer Eleanor
- Programme Assistant Jessica
Kaltenborg Ben
Marine Guard Alex
Judge Brandeis Jacob



Producer & Director Adrian Dobson
Musical Director Hazel Needham
Choreographer Wendy Spencer
Assistant Choreographer Helen Starkey & Michelle White
Costumes Sue Penver & Lorna North
Stage Management Kevin Spencer
Set Design Adrian Dobson
Set Construction & Painting Kevin Spencer, Olivia Needham, Joe Harrison & Nikki Dunstan
Stage Crew Adrian Dobson, Alan Jamieson, Ian White, Luke Insley,
Mark Needham, Nigel Starkey, Paul Savage, Pete Yeomans,
Lighting Charlie Kent & WIll Thompson
Sound & Technical James White
Properties Jane Whittle
Front Of House Manager Lorna North
Box Office Kimberley Halford
Raffle Lorna North
Photography Richard Halford
Poster & Programme Sam Beaumont
Publicity James & Michelle White
Fundraising Sue Penver & Jane Whittle
Lead Chaperone Helen Starkey
Videography Wallis Videos
Website Adrian Dobson



Act One
It is December of 1933 and America is deep in the midst of the Great Depression. On the Lower East Side of New York, the Municipal Orphanage, Girls' Annex, has been the drab home of eleven-year-old Annie for all but the first two months of her life, when she was left on the front steps of the Orphanage with an unsigned note saying, "Please take good care of our little darling. Her name is Annie... We have left half of a silver locket around her neck and kept the other hals so that when we come back for her you will know that she's our baby." Early one chill morning, awake at 4:00 A.M., Annie wonders what her lost parents might be like (Maybe).
Miss Agatha Hannigan the mean-tempered spinster who is in charge of the Orphanage, is furious at finding Annie and the Orphans awake at 4:00 A.M. and puts them to work scrubbing the floor. Annie and the Orphans angrily lament the fact that they are living The Hard-Knock Life. Later that morning, Annie seizes opportunity to escape from the Orphanage by hiding in a laundry bag that is toted off into a truck. If her parents aren't coming back for her, Annie is going to go find them.
In New York's St. Mark's Place, city dogcatchers pursue stray dogs, but they miss one, a sad-faced mutt that is immediately adopted by Annie, who has been wandering alone through the wintry streets of the city. "They're after me, too," Annie tells the dog, and then assures him that "Everything's gonna be fine for the both of us. If not today the... Tomorrow." Officer Ward of the NYPD suspects that Annie's dog is a stray, but she tells him that the dog is hers: "I call him Sandy because of his nice sandy color." Sandy responds to his new name when he is called by Annie, and Officer Ward is reluctantly persuaded that the dog indeed belongs to Annie.
Underneath the 59th Street Bridge is a so-called Hooverville, a Depression-style shanty town that is home to an assortment of unemployed New Yorkers who sarcastically let it be known that We'd Like To Thank You, Herbert Hoover. Annie turns up with Sandy, wondering if anyone in the Hooverville had ever left a baby at an orphanage. Her sunny disposition endears Annie to the Hooverville-ites, who inviter her to join them in a cup of Mulligan stew. The police raid the Hooverville, and Annie is arrested, although Sandy escapes.
Back at the Orphanage, Miss Hannigan's nerves are at the breaking point from having to put up with Little Girls when Officer Ward arrives with Annie in tow. After Officer Ward leaves, Miss Hannigan is about to clobber Annie when into the Orphanage comes Miss Grace Farrell, who is the young and beautiful private secretary to Oliver Warbucks, the billionaire industrialist. Warbucks has decided to invite an orphan to spend the Christmas holidays at home. And, to the fury of Miss Hannigan, Annie is chosen by Miss Farrell and driven off in a limousine.
Annie and Grace arrive at Warbucks's Fifth Avenue mansion, where a platoon of servants is busily cleaning. Annie is delighted to learn that, as a guest, she herself won't have to do any cleaning (I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here).
Oliver Warbucks arrives home from a business trip and is unhappy to discover that the orphan invited by Grace isn't a boy. Still, he agrees to take Annie to the movies, to the Roxy Theater, and Warbucks, Annie and Grace walk forty-five blocks to Times Square, through the streets of the city that Warbucks loves best (N.Y.C.) And, while walking with Annie, Warbucks finds himself unexpectedly growing to like her.
A week later, Grace Farrell turns up at the Orphanage to tell Miss Hannigan that Warbucks has decided to adopt Annie. Miss Hannigan is not happy about this news, to say the least. As Grace is leaving, she bumps into Miss Hannigan's ne'er-do'well con artist brother, Rooster, who is broke, just out of prison and looking for a handout from his sister. And with Rooster is his floozy girl friend, Lily. Miss Hannigan, Rooster and Lily dream of better days for themselves on Easy Street.
In his Fifth Avenue mansion, Warbucks is about to tell Annie that he wishes to adopt her. But he first gives her a present - a new locket from Tiffany's to replace the old, broken one she always wears. Annie, however, breaks down in tears - she doesn't want a new locket because the old locket had been left with her by her parents. And the one thing she wants in the world is to find her mother and father. Crushed, stunned, Warbucks promises Annie that he'll find her parents for her. Grace and the Servants assure Annie that Warbucks will find her mother and father (You Won't Be An Orphan For Long).

Act Two
In Rockefeller Center, on a radio program called "The Oxydent Hour of Smiles," starring Bert Healy, Warbucks offers a certified check for $50,000 to anyone who can prove that they are Annie's parents. Healy and the Boylan Sisters go off the air singing You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, a song that the Orphans hear over the radio in the Orphanage and imitate.
Later that night, Miss Hannigan has a pair of callers at the Orphanage, Ralph and Shirley Mudge, a couple from Canada who claim to be Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan is astonished when the Mudges reveal themselves to be Rooster and Lily in disguise. Rooster offers to cut his sister in on the $50,000 reward money if she'll provide him and Lily with details they'll need to pass themselves off as Annie's parents. Miss Hannigan agrees to join in the plot.
In Washington, at the White House, President Roosevelt and his Cabinet mirror the national gloom as they listen to a radio tirade against FDR. Warbucks arrives with Annie, who innocently blurts out to the glum group that things are bound to get better soon (Tomorrow Reprise). Everyone, including the President, is turned optimistic by Annie's cheery spirits. A telegram arrives from New York saying that hundreds of couples claiming to be Annie's parents are jamming the streets outside Warbucks mansion. Warbucks and Annie rush back to New York.
At the mansion, Grace sadly tells Warbucks and Annie that all of the couples who'd claimed to be her parents had turned out to be fakes - none of them knew about the locket. Alone with Annie, Warbucks tells her that before she came into his life Something Was Missing. Now, with seemingly no hope left of finding Annie's parents, Warbucks says to Annie that he'd like to adopt her. She's delighted, he's delighted, and they both joyfully agree that I Don't Need Anything But You.
At a party in the mansion to celebrate the adoption, the happy Servants feel as though it's Christmas every day since Annie came along (Annie). As the adoption papers are about to be signed, Rooster and Lily, in their disguises as the Mudges, show up at the party and claim that Annie is their daughter. And they have a fake birth certificate to prove it, plus, thanks to Miss Hannigan's connivance, half of a silver locket that appears to fit Annie's half. Warbucks is vaguely suspicious of them, however, and asks that they come back for Annie and the $50,000 the following morning, Christmas. The Mudges leave and Annie rushes upstairs in tears just as President Roosevelt pays a surprise call on Warbucks. Grace, half remembering that she'd bumped into Rooster at the Orphanage, tells Warbucks that there is something phony about the Mudges. Warbucks turns to Roosevelt for help from the FBI.
Christmas morning, 1933, in the Warbucks mansion. Warbucks, Grace and FDR have been up all night, in constant telephone contact with the FBI, and they have unhappy news for Annie - her mother and father died many years ago. But then who are Ralph and Shirley Mudge? And who knew about the locket? Miss Hannigan! The Orphans and Miss Hannigan arrive to spend Christmas at the mansion. Rooster and Lily, again in their disguises as the Mudges, come to collect Annie and the check for $50,000. But the jig is up - the Secret Service arrests Rooster, Lily and Miss Hannigan, who is dragged away screaming. A huge Christmas box arrives for Annie - in it is Sandy, who has been found for Warbucks by the police. Happy ending as Annie, Warbucks, Grace and all agree that this Christmas is the beginning of a wonderful new life for not only them but for everyone in America (A New Deal For Christmas)




Overture Orchestra
Maybe Annie
Hard Knock Life Annie & Orphans
Tomorrow Annie
Hooverville Ensemble
Little Girls Miss Hannigan
I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here Annie, Grace & Servants
NYC Annie, Grace,Warbucks & Ensemble
Easy Street Rooster, Miss Hannigan & Lily
You Won't Be An Orphan For Long Annie, Warbucks, Grace, Servants
Maybe (Reprise) Annie
You're Never Fully Dressed Bert Healey & The Boylan Sisters
You're Never Fully Dressed (Reprise) Orphans
Easy Street (Reprise) Rooster, Hannigan & Lily
Cabinet Tomorrow Annie, Warbucks, Roosevelt, Howe & Cabinet
Cabinet End Roosevelt, Howe & Cabinet
Something Was Missing Warbucks
I Don't Need Anything But You Warbucks, Grace, Servants
Same Effect On Everyone Annie
A New Deal For Christmas Annie, Orphans, Warbucks, Grace, Servants
Bows Ensemble


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