Kirsten and Emma are orphans with star quality

Emma Convey (11), left, from Tandragee, who is playing Orphan Summer in the musical, 'Annie' at the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, and Kirsten Ferguson (10) from Portadown who plays the lead character. INPT32-207.
Emma Convey (11), left, from Tandragee, who is playing Orphan Summer in the musical, 'Annie' at the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh, and Kirsten Ferguson (10) from Portadown who plays the lead character. INPT32-207.

It may be the summer holidays, but two local girls are hard at work learning their lines and polishing their performances for a forthcoming production of the musical Annie.

Kirsten Ferguson (10), Portadown, will play the lead role of orphan Annie while Emma Convey (11), Tandragee, has been cast as the orphan Summer.

They are among a talented cast of young people aged from 10-18 performing in the Market Place Theatre’s summer musical from August 16-20.

Kirsten and Emma were chosen after intensive auditions and, along with the rest of the enthusiastic cast, are being directed by a professional creative team.

Last week was their third week of rehearsals but far from feeling jaded, the young thespians are full of energy and enthusiasm.

Kirsten, who starts P7 in Derryhale PS in September, said, “It’s really enjoyable and I have met so many new friends already.”

The Tandragee Road girl is already a seasoned performer, having graced the stage in other shows. She has played Cosette in the Moyraverty Arts and Drama Society (MADS) production of Les Miserables and also starred in shows with Jacquie Keegan School of Speech and Drama.

Kirsten has been a pupil of Jacqui’s for six years, recently achieving her grade 5 with distinction.

She also studies musical theatre with Christine Fairley, attends Portadown Dance College, now run by Rachel Scott, and is about to start classical singing lessons with Melissa Robertson, Portadown.

Far from feeling nervous, she says she is confident about getting on stage and performing classic songs such as ‘Hard Knock Life’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and the unforgettable ‘Tomorrow’.

Emma, about to start P7 in Saints and Scholars Integrated PS, Armagh, is a member of the school choir and has participated in school shows.