Rescue dog star of show

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A dog abandoned as a puppy and re-homed by Babbington Rescue Centre in Awsworth is to take centre-stage in a forthcoming production of the famous musical, Annie.

Missy, a three-year-old German Shepherd given a loving home by Yas Cheung from Nuthall, is set to play the part of orphan Annie’s canine chum in the musical, being staged by the Kimberley based theatre group NOWMADS ( Nottingham West Music and Drama Society.)

As a gesture of support for Babbington kennels, NOWMADS has nominated the animal rescue centre as a charity they wish to support and collections made at pantomime performances and from the Annie productions will be passed on to the charity.

NOWMADS chairman Gillian Williams said: “It is hoped that our name will be put on a permanent kennel on the site which will house a rescued animal.”

Teaming up with Missy on the Kimberley School stage will be rising star Mia Hardy, aged ten, who was recently shortlisted for a starring role in London’s West End in a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and is rising to the challenge of playing the part of Annie.

“Missy has been to rehearsals and I have already bonded with her. She is a lovely dog and very obedient I’m sure that the audiences will love her as much as I do”, said Mia.

Daniel de Martino who plays Daddy Warbucks and Hannah Lishman who is cast as orphanage tyrant Miss Hannigan team up with Mia in starring roles.

Tickets for the production which is being staged at Kimberley School from Tuesday October 22 to Friday 25 at 7.15pm each night and on Saturday October 26 at 5.30pm may be booked by phoning 0115-9770995 or 0115-9276189.