Classic musicals to help Lichfield Operatic Society celebrate 75th anniversary

Lichfield Operatic Society is celebrating its 75th anniversary in style this year by bringing two of the most popular classic musicals to the stage.

Annie is the first production of the celebratory year, coming to the Lichfield Garrick this Easter, and the second is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific later in the year.

Based on Little Orphan Annie, the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, the musical Annie has become a worldwide sensation. With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City.

Sharing title role throughout the run of the show are Katie Davey and Molly Bagley, both currently in their first year of studies at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.

Molly Bagley and Katie Davey prepare to play Annie

Molly Bagley and Katie Davey prepare to play Annie

The two girls will be sharing what can only be described as a dream role for any young female actress, with Katie performing on the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Evening performances and Molly Bagley will be performing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Matinee.

Katie has appeared in many productions with Lichfield Operatic Society including Fiddler on the Roof, Whistle Down the Wind, The King and I and The Sound of Music where she took on the role of Gretal.

Katie said: “I played the part of Kate in Annie at the Sutton Town Hall in 2014 and had great fun. I loved Annie so much that I wanted to do it again and so here I am!

“I am so excited to be playing the part and particularly enjoy singing I Don’t Need Anything But You.”

This will be Molly’s first appearance with the society, but she has been performing with Theatrics since the age of six and last year played the title role in Oliver! at the Highbury Theatre with From the Top Theatre Company.

Molly said: “I love rehearsing for Annie and spending time with the entire cast, especially the other Annie who is in one of my classes at school.”

Including Katie and Molly the production will feature a total of 24 girls from Lichfield and surrounding areas.

The show runs from April 18 to 22. Tickets are available online from www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call the box office on 01543 412121.

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