‘Annie’ a musical success

‘Annie’ a musical success

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This term’s drama production of ‘Annie’ proved another resounding success as the cast delivered a lively, vibrant and often hilarious show which thrilled audiences and impressed the visiting judges from the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts.

With so many exceptional performances including the authoritative Oliver Warbucks, played by Mariam Hussain, the maternal Grace Farrell played by Abigail Buckle and Harriet Whitaker-Myers’ excellent portrayal of the plucky orphan Annie, it was impossible to single out a leading character. Certainly the cabinet scenes with Franklin Roosevelt, played by Jasmine Sharp, were some of the funniest and the visiting four-legged cast member ‘Button’ made an impact in the role of Sandy.

The musical score included the optimistic anthem ‘Tomorrow’, plus other favourites including ‘Maybe’, and ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’. ‘Easy Street’ was delivered with perfect comic timing by the unscrupulous Rooster, played by Iqraa Sajjad and ditsy Lilly St Regis played by Shaan Bashir; whilst the chilling signature number of ‘Little Girls’ was bawdy drunk Miss Hannigan, magnificently portrayed by Emily Addison.

Costumes were stunning; sets were well designed, musical arrangements impressive; and were all appropriate to the piece. It was evident that a lot of hard work had gone into the whole production and that the enthusiasm, commitment and dedication certainly paid off. Congratulations to all the pupils and staff involved, it was certainly a show to remember.