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  • Why 10 Dutch Annies?
    • Alex (no login)
      Posted Jul 5, 2008 9:29 AM

      Hi Cindy,

      I enjoy Annie in all languages but the Dutch version of Annie is my favourite. Sadly, it wasn't practical for me, living in the UK, to go see it but I have the soundtrack, which I listen to constantly, and have found out a lot about the show, from the auditions to the playlist and each of the 10 groups. So, why 10 Annie's?

      The production team wanted to mount a huge National Tour, covering the whole country. The problem is, Dutch law is much stricter on child theatre performers than UK or US law. Under 18's in the Netherlands, may only perform in 24 shows per year, and that's individual peformances, not 24 seperate projects. When you consider that the girls in the original Broadway show were doing 7/8 shows a week, for up to two years, you can se why so many girls were needed.

      10 Annie's and 10 of each orphan, excluding Pepper, were cast. On the last day of auditions, after casting, they were formed into 10 groups, each one with a name. Two groups were assigned to each of the five regions the tour covered and they shared show duties in that region. They also shared promotional work like TV appearances.

      Pepper was played by a young-looking woman, 19 or 20 years old, who performed with all of the groups, doing 8 shows a week, like the rest of the adult cast. She was also in the ensemble (a servant and a Hooverville-ite) and the understudy Annie.

      The show played so well 2005/6 that the producers were granted a 5-month extention, at Efteling Theatre. 4 Annie's and 25 orphans left the show because of their height/age and the remaining girls formed five new groups, with new names. One group, De PodiumRakkers, had two Annie's, because they were from North Holland and had to travel the furthest.

      Watch these 2 (there is no Part 3) videos, for a summary of what happened.

      There is also a forum for the musical (see below). It is in Dutch but the layout is fairly easy to follow. This message is getting long so I'll start a new one, with a basic guide to it, so you can find your way around.

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