All smiles as Perth Annies step up
Annie stars Lilli De Nardi, 11, and Claudia Fitzgerald, 10. Picture: Robert Duncan/The West Australian

As the two Perth girls playing the red-headed heroine in the musical Annie know all too well, you are never fully dressed without a smile.

It was fun and games when Lilli De Nardi, 11, and Claudia Fitzgerald, 10, tried on their costumes for the first time.

Clowning around with pooch Dudley, standing in as the character's furry friend Sandy, the alternating Annies wore the chirpy child's 1930s orphanage uniform and the party dress she wears to celebrate her adoption by benevolent billionaire Oliver Warbucks.

"Wearing the curly wig for the first time was kind of weird," Claudia said.

Claudia, Lilli and 16 other Perth "orphans" have been rehearsing five days a week but were still doing their schoolwork, Claudia said.

"It has been good learning new stuff but sometimes it's been tough keeping on your American accent because some words are really hard to pronounce," she said.

Annie opens at the Burswood Theatre on August 24.

The West Australian

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