Ruby will shine in Lowestoft production of Annie

PUBLISHED: 16:18 02 May 2014 | UPDATED: 16:18 02 May 2014

Jessica Tovell playing Annie ) Craig Cameron playing 'Daddy' Oliver Warbucks and Ruby the dog playing 'Sandy'.


Jessica Tovell playing Annie ) Craig Cameron playing 'Daddy' Oliver Warbucks and Ruby the dog playing 'Sandy'. Annie


She has already won new fans by showing off her dancing skills to raise funds for an animal rescue centre.

But now Ruby, the talented two-year-old terrier cross, is set to take on a new starring role – by appearing on stage at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft.

Ruby has joined the cast of the Lowestoft Players’ production of the hit musical Annie later this month.

She was chosen to play the part of the orphan Annie’s dog Sandy after the show’s director Julia Rymer heard about the dancing exploits of the talented canine, owned by Sandra Sexton, of Denmark Road, Lowestoft.

Last October, it was reported that Ms Sexton had rehomed Ruby after spotting her at the Meadowgreen Rescue Centre in Loddon which had taken her in when she was found abandoned in a field.

After discovering Ruby loved getting on her hind legs and dancing, Ms Sexton decided to dress her up and take her to public events to support the animal rescue centre.

Since then, she has appeared at a number of events to help attract donations and raise people’s awareness of the valuable work it does.

Ms Sexton is delighted that Ruby now has a further chance to shine in Annie, which has been in rehearsals since February.

She said: “She loves being on stage and performing, her best trick is whizzing round and round doing a pirouette.

“She loves going to rehearsals and she is doing really well – she knows when to go on and off and where to sit.

“She also knows her way from our house to the Lowestoft Players’ headquarters (at the Bethel in Battery Green Road) and when we arrive she has to go and say a doggy ‘hello’ to everyone, even if the whole cast is there.”

Annie is being performed six times at the Marina Theatre between Tuesday, May 20 and Saturday, May 24.

The title role is being played jointly by Jessica Tovell and Kitty Taylor, with 20 other young performers joining the cast of the musical, which tells the story of 11-year-old Annie who lives in an orphanage in New York and tries to find her real parents. The show features the songs Tomorrow and Hard Knock Life.

Tickets are available from the Marina Theatre box office on 01502 533200 or, for party bookings of 10 or more, contact the party bookings hotline on 01502 770020/569730.

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