It’s a hard-knock life for Gavin Cianci as he tries to match the energy of his younger fellow cast members in the Northern Light Theatre Company’s production of Annie - but it’s a challenge he enjoys as he brings the character of Daddy Warbucks’ to life. ^^ Gavin Cianci and Holly Abbott form a formidable team in the Northern Light Theatre Company's performance of Annie. Photo: Nathaniel Mason While he drives around Adelaide’s suburbs in his day-time role of salesman you may spot Gavin Cianci, 48, gesturing broadly and talking to himself.
By night, you’ll see him jumping from his car and taking to the Shedley Theatre stage as he puts his in-car rehearsals into practise in his second role, Daddy Warbucks.
“It’s a big role and a fair bit of dialogue for an older guy like me to get my head around,” Gavin said.
Luckily for Gavin he gets to perform with a young cast, who energise him in each rehearsal as he watches (and plays a role in) their talent development.
Gavin’s Warbucks plays alongside Holly Abbott’s Little Orphan Annie, in the timeless story of a raggedy street urchin who shreds expectations and brings people together.
“It’s been fun watching the energy of the kids and that feeds off to us, the older cast members. They are like sponges, they remember everything,” Gavin said.
“They are full of beans and the excitement on their faces when they get on stage is fantastic.”
Annie also stars Robyn Brookes, who plays Miss Hannigan, the musical’s other integral character.
Playford News recently ran a competition to give away a double-pass to see the Northern Light Theatre Company’s performance of Annie, the winner was Maria Young.
If you didn’t win a ticket and would like to see Annie, here’s how to book: