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Thursday, May 15, 2014


(Luca Tarboton as Annie and Iain ‘Ewok’ Robinson as Daddy Warbucks. Pic by Val Adamson)

Durban’s formidable theatre production company, KickstArt start their busy year with the Broadway hit musical, Annie, at the UKZN Sneddon Theatre on UKZN campus from 23 May.

The original Broadway musical based on the comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray, opened in 1977 and ran for a record breaking near-six years at the Alvin Theatre.

The rags-to-riches story of everybody’s favourite orphan, Annie, features an impressive cast with Lisa Bobbert as the hilariously villainous Miss Hannigan; KickstArt’s Steven Stead will be making a rare appearance on stage as Miss Hannigan’s wicked brother, Daniel ‘Rooster’ Hannigan; Iain Ewok Robinson performs as billionaire Daddy Warbucks who opens his home and eventually his heart; Jessica Sole as Grace Farrell - Daddy Warbuck’s secretary who loves Annie from the start; and Belinda Henwood as Lily St. Regis, Rooster’s trashy girlfriend.

Multi-award winning set designer Greg King will create sets depicting New York City in the 1930’s while Neil Stuart Harris is creating the gorgeous costumes. The production team includes lighting designer Tina Le Roux; Janine Bennewith as choreographer and Shelley McLean and Evan Roberts as musical directors. KickstArt’s production of Annie features memorable songs such as Tomorrow; Hard Knock Life; You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile; Maybe; Little Girls and Easy Street.

The show wouldn’t be complete without the title role of Annie, and this year KickstArt introduces two young ladies that have been cast, after a rigorous audition process. Sarah Donkin from uMhlanga and Berea’s Luca Tarboton join forces to play the darling redhead. The duo will be alternating their schedules over the three week run.

Annie will be joined by her familiar friends at the orphanage: Molly played jointly by Grace McIlroy and Sarah Sparks; Mayze played by Tehillah Milne and Katelyn Hallowell; Pepper played by Wazana Ngidi and Marianthe Panas; Duffy played by Cassidy Philips and Genevieve Matter; July played by Alaska Hilton and Emma Gillespie; Tessie played by Keryn Lynne Scott and Abigail Kane. And finally Katy played by Lidelwa Sibisi and Klara Robertson.

A guaranteed delight for the whole family, Annie runs from May 23 until June 15 at the UKZN Sneddon Theatre on the University of KwaZulu-Natal campus. Booking is through Computicket; or phone 0861 915 8000 or book online at For block bookings of 10 or more contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places on 083 250 2690 or email:

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