Annie musical in Armidale

Centre stage: O'Connor student Georgia Macmahon is taking on the lead role in Annie.

Centre stage: O'Connor student Georgia Macmahon is taking on the lead role in Annie.

Over 15,000 kilometres from midtown-Manhattan, Armidale’s very own Annie is getting set for her debut act Down Under. 

Singing and dancing in the footsteps of superstars like Andrea McArdle, Aileen Quinn and Sarah Jessica Parker, Georgia Macmahon joins the long list of leading ladies who have taken on the heart warming role of the little orphan in the Broadway hit.

Almost 40 years on, a handful of Armidale’s best budding actors and actresses will reenact the musical extravaganza with Ms Macmahon performing at centre stage.

On set: O'Connor students in character as orphans as they practice on the set of the musical, Annie.

On set: O'Connor students in character as orphans as they practice on the set of the musical, Annie.

Georgia said this musical was the first time she had done anything like this before.

“I just did one school play in primary school,” Ms Macmahon said.

Lights, camera, action: Georgia Macmahon practicing one of the dance routines at rehearsals.

Lights, camera, action: Georgia Macmahon practicing one of the dance routines at rehearsals.

“I just love singing, dancing and acting and everything about that,” she said.

The young star will sing internationally renowned tunes including Maybe, Tomorrow and It’s The Hard Knock Life.

Even more enjoyable than singing some of the most recognised anthems in Broadway history, was playing around with the American accent and learning how to get in character for the role, Georgia said.

“I love the whole experience of learning my accent and learning how to be in production,” Ms Macmahon said.

After spending the first few years of her life in Brisbane, the year eight O’Connor student is grateful that there is such a great artistic culture in Armidale and that she has been given a unique opportunity to perform along-side some of the finest singers, actors and dancers.

“I came to Armidale when I was in grade four,” Ms Macmahon said.

“[There’s] about 40 people from grade four to grade 12 in the play,” she said.

Annie’s story is famous for touching the hearts of millions of people worldwide.

The ability to reenact the emotional turmoil of the character and to express that theatrically is the best part about playing the role of Annie, Ms Macmahon said.

“She’s an orphan who believes and hopes that her parents are still coming back for her,” Ms Macmahon said.

“Then she gets adopted by the billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

“The most I like about acting it all out is doing all the orphan scenes.

“...You have to be like really angry and grungey and stuff,” Ms Macmahon said.

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