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Ormskirk starlet set to perform in 'Annie'

Erin Howard, 10, will take on the orphan role in November at The Empire

Erin Howard

A starlet from Ormskirk is set to perform in Annie at the Liverpool Empire this November.

Erin Howard, aged 10, is set to take on the role of an orphan in Birkenhead Operatics Society upcoming production.

Last week, Erin auditioned with almost 400 other girls and was successful in landing one of the 12 coveted orphan roles.

Erin attends The Kelly Shirley School of Dance in Burscough and has previously taken part in singing competitions such as Teenstar UK.

Following her successful audition in front of a panel of industry professionals Erin said: “The directors and choreographers were all really nice people to work with and they made it fun and easier to learn.

“It was a little tough to relate to her being an orphan because I have parents and a family. But I had watched the movie and seen the musical so I knew a lot of the characters and songs already.”

Erin’s dad Ian, who works for local government said: “Erin is really keen, she loves singing, dancing and acting and has shown that she’s very capable in this arena.

“She’s been performing since she was three and has such a passion for it.

“When I saw the auditions for Annie advertised on the internet I knew that Erin would want to have a go so me and my wife Emma took her along and she was lucky enough to be called back.

“She then did some more work with the director and choreographer and was cast as one of the orphans.

“We’re not 100% how many lines she will have as of yet, but as long as she enjoys it we’ll be happy.”

Erin constantly impresses her teachers at her dance school and they believe she has the potential to go all the way.

The year five pupil at Greetby Hill school has previously performed in shows at the Ormskirk Civic Hall but The Empire will be the biggest stage she has performed on yet.

Ian continued: “We’re very proud of all Erin has achieved so far and as long as she continues to enjoy performing we’ll be behind her all the way.

“Annie” will be performed from November 27.

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