No Hard Knock Life for stars of ‘Annie’ at school

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MUSICAL — ‘Annie’, Hempshill Hall Primary School

THE rising stars of Bulwell’s Hempshill Hall Primary School served up a theatrical treat for appreciative audiences with a sparkling production of the rags to riches musical, ‘Annie’.

Based on the famous story, ‘Little Orphan Annie’, this fun-packed show, directed by school secretary Rosemary Lishman and backed by musical director Jo Needham, was a credit to everyone involved.

Set in a New York City municipal orphanage where the inebriated Miss Hannigan rules with a rod of iron, this heartwarming tale follows the fortunes of the lovable Annie, who by good fortune meets the mega-rich Daddy Warbucks while seeking to find her long-lost parents.

Young Kirsten Wright, meeting her first major challenge in the title role, showed style and confidence. She was ably backed by Emmie Harrison as Miss Hannigan, Adrian Searcy as Daddy Warbucks, Evie Scott as secretary Grace Farrell and James Ridge as Drake the faithful servant. The cast proceeded to win the hearts of their audiences with their individual acting qualities.

A word of praise too for Jack Layzell and Jessica Nixon, who teamed up to play the conniving Rooster Hannigan and Lily St Regis. They earned first-class marks, along with Emmie Harrison, as the villains of the piece.

Neat cameo roles, featuring Liam Smith as President Roosevelt, Bailey Andrews in the part of Bert Healey and George Morris as Mr Bundles, added to the enjoyment of a grand production.

The cast of 40 rose to the challenge of performing in front of large audiences and, much to the delight of the hard-working and supportive production team, they gave a big indication that they will be the stars of ‘Tomorrow!’

OUR PHOTO shows Kirsten Wright as orphan Annie (PHOTO AND REVIEW by Peter Jordan)