It’s Annie at the double

Martha Winterflood, 11, and Ellie McAspurn, nine
Martha Winterflood, 11, and Ellie McAspurn, nine

Two talented youngsters have landed the lead role of Annie in a musical production of the show.

Ellie McAspurn, nine, and 11-year-old Martha Winterflood will take to the stage at The Castle theatre, Wellingborough.

Ellie, who is from Raunds and attends the Hayley Nadine Dance Academy, said she can’t wait for the show.

She said: “I’m very excited, it’s really fun. I’m looking forward to performing to everyone and getting all the claps from people, to say if I’m good or not. I like to see what people think.”

The talented youngster said she has been dancing she was three but only started singing when she was seven.

The nine-year-old and her co-star Martha will both play Annie at different stages of the play when it begins on March 5.

Martha, from Kettering, attends Genesis Theatre Schools.

She said: “I am excited but I’m also a bit nervous. I have been performing since I was four, so I am really excited and looking forward to it.”

The play is being performed by Wellingborough Operatic and Amateur Dramatic Society.

The society enjoyed success with its performance of High Society last year.

Evening shows will be performed at 7.30pm each night from Tuesday, March 5, to Saturday, March 9, with a 2.30pm matinee on the Saturday.

Ticket inquiries can be made by calling 01933 270007.

Ellie has also reached the regional final of the Rotary Club’s young musician of the year event, and will be performing on March 10 in Melton Mowbray.