Doggy duo to take a bow-wow in ‘Annie’

Cookie is pictured with Katie Annandale and Catriona Taylor, who will be sharing the role of Annie, and some of the orphans who will be appearing
Cookie is pictured with Katie Annandale and Catriona Taylor, who will be sharing the role of Annie, and some of the orphans who will be appearing

The Montrose performers have now found their ‘lead’ character to complete the cast in their production of musical ‘Annie’.

With less than a week to go until curtain up, The Song Shop have recruited their final cast member to take on the role of Sandy - the four-legged friend that Annie finds wandering the streets of New York.

Pictured is Mowgli with Catriona Taylor (Annie) who will be sharing the role with Katie Annandale

Pictured is Mowgli with Catriona Taylor (Annie) who will be sharing the role with Katie Annandale

Following an appeal in the Review, there were many offers of pets to take on the role, and from the information given by the owners, the number of dogs was whittled down to a short list.

The canine auditionees were put through their paces, in a scene from the show, and the selection process is now complete.

Two furry actors will be sharing the role of Annie’s canine companion.

Song Shop founder Fraser McGlynn said: “Sharing the role will be Cookie, a cocker spaniel, making her stage debut, and Mowgli, a cross breed Jackadoodle and Chihuahua, who has played the role in a previous production.

“The Song Shop would like to thank all the owners who expressed an interest in having their pooch tread the boards.

“A well-crafted stage show, ‘Annie’ has survived the test of time, with well-known songs, memorable comedic moments, and a happy ending, appealing to world-wide audiences for an entire generation.

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“The Song Shop production is sure to delight, with a triple cast of orphans, spanning the six performances.

“Whilst the owners were delighted with their pets’ success, at the time of going to press, neither Cookie nor Mowgli were available for comment!”

Tickets are now on sale from Henry Hogg’s newsagents on Montrose High Street.

Performances will be from Tuesday, June 23 to Saturday, June 27 at 7.30pm, and a matinee at 2.30pm on the Saturday at Montrose Town Hall.

‘Annie’ tells the story of orphan Annie who ends up in the lap of luxury with depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

Unlike most children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, Annie believes her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her.