Annabelle Ditchburn, 9, and Kassidy Nugent, 10, both from Kingaroy, are sharing the lead role as “Annie”

September 27, 2023

South Burnett Musical Comedy Society is keen to pass the love of the stage on to younger generations, which is the aim behind a new production which will debut in Kingaroy on Friday night.

“Annie Jnr” is starring 18 talented young people aged from eight to 18.

They have been practising for 10 weeks, as well as learning a lot about the technical side of how to put on a musical.

Director Zoe Basham said this was the first time the South Burnett Musical Comedy Society had organised a Youth Theatre Project.

“It has included a lot of educational elements, focussing on how to put a show together, and the skills needed to do that,” Zoe said.

“We hope the kids will walk away with new skills after a positive experience which piques their interest in the performing arts.”

Zoe said the performers came from several different schools, and included home-schooled students.

The practices have been held at both Kingaroy State High School and at Saint Mary’s Catholic College.

“We have had great support from both schools,” she said.

Zoe also paid tribute to her assistant director, Sue Dowideit-Reiger.

“I would not have got anywhere without her!” Zoe said.

There will only be three performances of Annie Jnr, and all will be held at the Kingaroy Performing Arts Centre (KPAC), at the western end of Markwell Street:

  • 7:00pm – Friday (September 29)
  • 2:00pm – Saturday (September 30)
  • 2:00pm – Sunday (October 1)

The musical will be presented “in the round”, ie. the action will be taking place on a central stage area, with flat seating surrounding it on three sides.

Tickets are just $15 a head, and can be booked online

The budding young actors and singers were practising their musical routines at KPAC on Wednesday


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