BUDDING young actresses are invited to audition for Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust’s production of Annie, which will be staged at the Liverpool Empire later this year.

Open auditions for the lead and her orphan friends will take place at the city centre venue on the mornings of Saturday June 28 and Sunday, June 29.

The auditions are free; however, everyone must pre-register by completing and returning an application form, together with two passport photographs.

The deadline to return completed application forms top the Empire has been extended to 10am on Monday, June 23.

BOST's Director Elsie Kelly,  said: "We are looking for confident and enthusiastic girls to audition for the roles of Annie and her orphan friends.

"Last time we staged this show, our cast included 10 year old Stephanie Davis from Liverpool as Annie.

"She went on to be a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC show Over the Rainbow and now plays Sinead O'Connor in Hollyoaks. Hopefully we can discover more stars of the future this time around."

Auditionees should be between the ages of six and 15 and must be no taller than 4ft 9inches. No experience is necessary, but they will need to prepare the song The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow.

Elsie added: "We chose Annie as our next major production because it is a feel good, family musical which will be enjoyed by audiences and the cast alike.

"The production will also allow us to showcase talented, local, young performers and help them further their interest in theatre.”

For further information, and to download an application form, visit www.atgtickets.com/liverpool and click on the Creative Learning tab.

The show will be staged from November 27-30. Tickets are from 0844 871 3017 or www.atgtickets.com/liverpool