Annie Jr.

30th June - 2nd July 2022

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This year's brilliant production from our Youth Group, AKT, is a 60-minute kids-only version of the ever popular musical, Annie.

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. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Production Officials

Director Lara Syddall
Assistant Director    Lindsay Farnworth
Choreographers Hannah Feakin/Beth Bentham

Cast

Annie (Thu/Sat matinee) Emily Hamilton
Annie (Fri/Sat evening) Grace Lindley
Mr Warbucks Theo Lindley
Grace Farrell Anna Bardsley
Miss Hannigan (Thu/Sat matinee) Lucy Pendlebury
Miss Hannigan (Fri/Sat evening) Phoebe Corley
Rooster Matthew Shallicker
Lily Hannah Corley
Molly Niamh Turner
Pepper Summer Kraan
Tessie Grace Hogan
Kate Ava Greenhalgh
July Isabelle Percival
Duffy Scarlett Sandiford
Trixie Annabel Clark
Drake Carla Bardsley
Bertina Healy Carla Bardsley
Star To Be Scarlett Sandiford
President Roosevelt Edward Webster
Louis Howe Darcey Elston
Mrs Greer Hannah Corley
Mrs Pugh Emily Tate
Cecille (Thu/Sat matinee) Grace Lindley
Cecille (Fri/Sat evening) Emily Hamilton
Annette (Thu/Sat matinee) Phoebe Corley
Annette (Fri/Sat evening) Lucy Pendlebury
Appleseller Emily Tate
Dog Warden Milo Kraan
Bundles McCloskey Matthew Shallicker
Maid Darcey Elston
Maid Annabel Clark
Manservant Edward Webster
Manservant Milo Kraan
Sound Effects Man Edward Webster
Officer Ward Carla Bardsley
Sandy (Thu/Sat matinee) Grace Lindley
Sandy (Fri/Sat evening) Emily Hamilton

  

Photographs by John Tustin

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Reviews and articles

BATS

The familiar tale of Little Orphan Annie was made into a film 40 years ago, starring Aileen Quinn and Albert Finney. The was following the success of the 1977 musical which has also been made into a junior version. Walmsley AKT presents their version of Annie Jnr with a great deal of obvious hard work, excitement, and a great deal of enthusiasm.

From the moment the curtains open, the cast of 20 talented young people delivered what I can only refer to as quality youth theatre. Great vocals, well timed comedy and clear delivery led to a cracking performance by all concerned which culminated in well-deserved applause throughout.

As Annie, Grace Lindley charmed us all with her rich voice and great stage presence. She was every bit the Annie we all know and love. Well done, Grace. Sandy the dog was a delight and well presented by Emily Hamilton.

The musical number “Maybe” was delightful. The harmonies created by the young cast were spot on. This was consistent throughout and really made you sit up and listen.

As the orphans make more noise than is allowed, the manager of the orphanage starts to shout out her list of chores for the girls. Phoebe Corley was just right as Miss Hannigan. Suitably horrible to the orphans, she displayed some great facial expressions and remained in character throughout.

When Grace Farrell arrives from the home of Mr Warbucks, Annie wastes no time in ensuring she is picked to spend two weeks as guest of Mr Warbucks living in his big house. Anna Bardsley did well in this role and was as posh as the role requires. As she arrives at the house, Annie is in awe of what she sees, as is Mr Warbucks about Annie, and he soon decides he would like to adopt her. As Mr Warbucks, Theo Lindley is brilliant. A confident performance by this talented young man.

Mr Warbucks takes control and goes all out to ensure Annie stays with him and sets a reward as he sends out a plea for Annie’s parents to make contact. This is where Miss Hannigan’s brother, Rooster and his accomplice Lily come in. Matthew Shalliker and Hannah Corley work well together as they aim to deceive Mr Warbucks. They soon realise they are outwitted!

Cameo roles of President Roosevelt (Edward Webster), Bertina Healey (Carla Bardsley) and Apple seller (Emily Tate) came across well. Some great characterisations.

Worthy of special mention is Scarlett Sandiford who led the singing in the musical number NYC. What a voice! And delivered so confidently. One to watch for the future.

The Production team, consisting of Lara Syddall, Lindsay Farnworth, Hannah Feakin and Beth Bentham have ensured the cast have been put their paces which has resulted in Annie Jnr being brough to life by this fantastic group of young people. Signing the final number was so poignant and such a nice touch.

Congratulations AKT – a real great nights entertainment of quality live theatre.

Paul Cohen