27th - 30th November 2014
After the show, my 8-year-old daughter, Bobbi, read the programme from
back to front and back again, commenting on all the characters. And she
woke up the day after the show dancing around the bedroom, singing Hard
knock life, and pre-acting the Annie parts.
At the show, of her own accord, she gave a standing ovation, wolf whistles
and all. So I suppose if she loved it other kids would have also.
Miss Hannigan was much nastier in this musical than in the film,
Annie (played by Annabel Welsh and Isabelle Cross) is the story of a ginger
-haired orphan, living with dozens of other girl orphans, under the control
of alcoholic tyrant Miss Hannigan (Pat Davies). Set during the Great Depression,
Annie is desperate to find her parents, so hides in a laundry basket in
order to get out of the orphanage and look for them.
Thats were the story begins. She encounters, the homeless, living
in Hoovervilles, and adopts a dog on the way, before she is returned to
the clammy hands of Miss Hangman. The rest I will let you discover.
Annie was performed by Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust (NODA), which
is a combination of amateur operatic and dramatic societies. But considering
the musical was described, in its own publicity, as an amateur performance,
they could have fooled me (and my daughter). I could not fault any of
the major performers
The entire performance was great, the songs had the kids singing along,
and the sets and the music were spot on.
My daughter's one criticism was the fact that we were given seats near
the top of the circle, where my daughter "couldnt see the faces
of the performers."