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Trent College Year 7 Alice Hogan becomes Annie!

Published Friday 3rd of May 2013 03:34:05 PM

Trent College Year 7 student Alice Hogan was part of large production of Annie at Loughborough Town Hall, from 12-16th March 2013. Alice gives a full account of her experience below, from the audition stages right through to the performances.

�I had decided to audition for the Loughborough Town Hall production of �Annie� (12-16/3/13) after hearing about it through my theatre group, �Stagecoach�. On the day I was really nervous and scared. We walked into a room where lots of other girls were sat waiting. We were given a brief explanation of what was going to happen in the auditions and then we were split between two rooms, based on ages.
I was really nervous when it finally came around to my turn. I walked into the audition room and started to sing. Once I had finished the panel clapped and said �Thank you Alice, you may go now�.

Then came the dance audition, which also went really well. Then the panel (made up of the director, choreographer, musical director and two chaperones) made a �cut� of nearly half of the girls (out of over 50 who had auditioned).
I made it through the �cut� and then had to do some acting and was asked to �read in� for Annie. Once all this was over, they called me and 3 other girls back in and asked us to sing, act, and sing again for the part of Annie. They then made another �cut�. I made it through again! The remaining 19 girls were split into two teams. I was in the �Manhattan� team, whilst the other was �Brooklyn�.
They first read out who was playing who for the Brooklyn team. Then it was �Manhattan�s� turn. They said �The person playing Annie is� Alice�! I was really surprised and I burst into tears of joy. I ran out to my Mum who had been nervously waiting and told her I had been given �Annie�, she was so so happy.

A few weeks later we started rehearsals. The whole process for me was absolutely amazing, with many fun-times creating many memories. All my new friends, Maddie, Joey, Grace, Evie, Casey, Hannah, Amelie (to name just a few) were so kind, so talented and I miss them all so much.

As the show got nearer, things were getting stressful - having to balance homework with rehearsals and then on top of that, nerves were getting my voice. But none of that stopped me, and on the opening night I went out there and sung, dance and acted as best as I could and I loved it. On the Friday and Saturday performances I was given standing ovations. When the last show was over it was so sad for me because I had loved the experience, the people and just doing what I loved.

The lessons I learned from my experience in �Annie� were to never give up and to always aim for the best.
I would like to say a big thank you to the Teachers at Trent College for being so supportive throughout my time as �Annie�.�

We would like to congratulate Alice on all of her hard work and wish her every success in acting for the future.
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