IT'S a hard knock life for Albany Stage School kids as they rehearse for feel-good show Annie.

Despite several interruptions due to lockdown, the team are now ready for their first show since the pandemic.

The 25-strong cast includes some adult amateurs who are looking forward to seeing the curtain finally rise on the show at the Beacon Arts Centre next month.

Back last March the group were in the theatre rehearsing for their planned Hairspray show.

Just two days before the performance the Prime Minister ordered all venues to close due to the pandemic, so Annie will be extra special as it will be the first time the youngsters have performed in nearly two years.

Stuart Workman, co-owner of The Albany, said: "The cast have been rehearsing in and out of lockdown since last August.

"We had to stop between January and April and started back in May.

"It's been hard work for the kids and adult actors.

"Annie was our first show in 2016 and they all loved it and came to see it and wanted to join the stage school.

"They chose to do Annie - it was due to run in 2020 and was obviously put back.

"It has great songs, great dance routines and it appeals to all ages.

"There will be a big set, with a full orchestra and the kids have a busy rehearsal schedule.

"We offer them a professional experience and they love it.

"It's big commitment, as rehearsals are 10am until 1pm every Saturday and we are running into double rehearsals 10am to 3pm."

Young cast members aged between five and 14, and their adults, are looking forward to performing in public.

Stuart said: "They are all really enthusiastic and excited to perform in front of an audience."

The show runs on November 18,19 and 20 the Beacon at 7.30pm each night, with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee.

To book tickets visit or call 01475 723723.