"I was so excited to audition for the Broadway National Tour of Annie in the summer of 2016. Finding out I was cast as Pepper was life changing! Rehearsals began and within the first week I was given the role of the Annie understudy. The rehearsal proccess was so fun as all us girls went through "orphan bootcamp" the first week. Some of my favorite moments during rehearsal was my wig fitting and getting to work with and learn from Bill Berloni and his amazing Broadway rescue dogs- Macy and Sunny. We shared fun onstage moments as well as offstage through our sleepovers and backstage cuddle sessions! Opening night was in Chicago in November, and I'll never forget the excitement in my heart. Coming out from the first performance and seeing little girls dressed in the classic red dress and little annie wigs was awesome; I felt like a role model to these little girls. I participated in several talk backs for press events for the show, as well as TV and radio interviews. A memorable moment was being interviewed on "Fox 4 Dallas" where I visited an animal rescue shelter! Through all the traveling, my favorite city was Fort Worth, Texas. I performed as Annie in the beautiful Bass Performance Hall for the full week. I signed the walls of all the incredible theatres we performed at and can't wait to revisit them all one day. 87 cities in eight months- 187 performances: 55 times as Annie and 132 as Pepper- performed for more than 200,000 audience members- in performance halls and stadiums all across the country. An experience of a lifetime I will treasure forever!"
"Amanda Swickle was incredibly believable in the role of Annie. Through facial expression, and body language, Swickle convincingly portrayed the optimistic eleven year old seeking to find her parents, and to provide a little hope to those around her. Her role was very lovable, and her enthusiasm and honesty on stage was nearly constant., having appropriate interaction with her young ensemble members, and endearing and strong on stage relationships with Miss Hannigan, Mr. Warbucks, and Grace Farrell. Swickle never faltered in her delivery, and was able to hold her own on stage alongside these very talented adult actors. I look forward to seeing Miss Swickle in future productions, and seeing her maturity blossom in future roles" - John Garcia, The Column Online (FtWorth, TX)