Broadway National Tour Annie
187 PERFORMANCES , 87 CITIES, 38 STATES, AND 8 MONTHS TRAVELING ACROSS COUNTRY
"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 one of the best birthday presents of my life! Rehearsals began and within the first week I found out I was the Annie understudy. Getting fitted for my wig was a very special day. (pics below) One of my favorite things was getting to work with and learn from Bill Berloni and his amazing Broadway rescue dogs- Macy and Sunny. I’ve always wanted a dog of my own, now I got to spend time with the 2 most special and famous dogs in the world! Opening night was in Chicago in November. I'll never forget the excitement in my heart. The fans all over the country are as cute as can be and meeting them before and after the shows was a highlight for me! I got to do lots of talk backs with Girl Scouts and press events for the show, like interviews on TV and radio. Manhattan, Kansas in December was the first time I got to go on as Annie… what a memorable night. My favorite city was Fort Worth, Texas- Bass Performance Hall was gorgeous, and I got to perform as Annie the whole week- my first time doing 8 shows in a week in the lead role! I signed the walls of all the beautiful theatres we performed at and can't wait to revisit them all one day. 87 cities in 8 months- 187 performances: 55 times as Annie and 132 as Pepper- performed for more than 200,000 audience members- in beautiful theatre 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)