WHAT a show and what a performance…
As soon as the students of Saint Paul’s hit the stage for their production, Annie, you knew you were in for a good time. “Annie” is the perfect family-friendly musical and the Saint Paul’s version was outstanding in every way.
The musical tells the story of little orphan Annie who dreams of a reunion with her lost parents. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City.
In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! Eventually outwitting the scheming Rooster and Lily to reach a happy ending, she finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Audiences were delighted to see the talent and enthusiasm of the cast as they sang, danced and acted with obvious enjoyment. Bursting with classic tunes like ‘Tomorrow’, ‘It’s a Hard-Knock Life’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ and ‘Easy Street’, the show was full of fun.
The artwork and sets were stunning and added to the professionalism of the show – thanks to Rebecca Coyle and Louise Stevenson. Tim Jackson’s musical direction ensured that the songs were very well delivered. The dancers, choreographed by Louise Jordan, were amazing and were very well received by the audience.
Mr Adam Warburton who directed the show, said: “WOW! What an amazing performance from our fantastically talented pupils. What a cast! I was extremely proud of our students, they worked so hard and put so much energy into the show making it a huge success. It has been a real pleasure for all of the staff to guide and develop this talent.”
Mr Alex Hren said: “This sparkling production of the musical ‘Annie’ brought together the talents of pupils from across the school to delight audiences at each of its performances. The show combined drama, dance and music to tell the well-known story along with its catchy songs. The performance was entertaining and memorable, you could truly see the cast’s passion and love for the show through their proud smiles, it also showcased some very talented performers and there were some stand out performances. It was a pure delight to watch! Well done to all who took part, you are all stars!”