Laura and Keira enjoy Annie stage roles

ANNIE, the red-headed comic strip heroine, is coming to Riverside Theatres in February.

The revival of the classic rags-to-riches musical, Annie, follows the story of a little orphan named Annie who is on a mission to find her parents, who abandoned her on the doorsteps of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan.

With the help of fellow orphans she escapes to New York City.

There she meets billionaire Oliver Warbucks and this is when her whole life changes forever.

Western Sydney residents Laura Bunting and Keira Bellifemine have scored parts in the upcoming musical by Packemin Production.

Laura, 10, made her musical debut earlier this year in Candy Man, starring alongside we Wayne Scott Kermond.

Laura will now take to the stage as Duffy, an orphan.

"I am very excited to be a part of Annie and cannot wait until we perform and entertain audiences," Laura, of Glenwood, said.

"I was really happy and proud of myself when I was successful in the audition and got the role of Duffy . . . I think I'm a lot like her."

Keira Bellifemine, 13, of Castle Hill practised for the part of orphan July by cleaning and singing at home.

"Although I hate cleaning, I practised singing Hard Knock Life while scrubbing the garage floor," Keira said.

The young actors will star alongside Amanda Muggleton.

Keira said she was honoured to be working with Muggleton.

"She is very professional in her performing and is always so kind . . ."

"I am very different to my character July too, as she is one of the meaner characters who doesn't like to have many people around, whereas I'm extremely perky."

Tickets: From $30.

Details: riversidetheatres.com.au.

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