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Amazing Annie

Published Tuesday 28th of April 2015 10:06:32 AM

Cobham Hall's recent school production of the universally-popular 'Annie' showcased new talent and the growing confidence of the school's girls.

Held on three consecutive nights, it was with great excitement that the cast, ranging from Year 7 to Year 13, performed in the School's historic Gilt Hall in front of a sell-out audience of 130 people each night.

Head of Drama and show director Kym Martin said 'It has been a delight to work with the cast, crew and musicians on Annie. The students, most of whom are in the lower and middle school, have been professional, courageous and incredibly creative in the development of their skills and characterisations. The set, lighting, sound and the musicianship also equally delighted audiences.'

Professionalism was needed in abundance to stick to the demanding rehearsal schedule. With work on the production starting in January, the cast and crew had to polish 30 musical numbers, pillow fights, great escapes and two scenes working with a real dog, by the end of March.

'They had to work hard and fast to learn the repertoire,' said Ms Clements the Musical Director, 'and it's fantastic that along-side the usual stars of the department we discovered new musical talents from girls who have never had anything to do with music before.'
Nowhere was this more apparent than with the pupil cast as the show's title character. More often celebrated for her success as a Year 7 Kent County cross-country champion, Year 7's Maisy was making her theatre debut. Maisy, who managed to fit rehearsals in around her grueling athletics training, surprised her whole family with her new-found talents.

With further stand-out performances, including the diminishing bluster and bravado of Daddy Warbucks (sensitively played by Year 9's Britta) to the brash and tyrannical Miss Hannigan (astonishingly well-depicted by Year 11's usually quiet Eve), the developing character acting of this young cast has been fascinating to watch.

Between intimate and introspective solos as little orphan Annie contemplates her future, and Miss Hannigan's drawls and whinges about her life and being surrounded by little girls, and from the many dance numbers, radio shows and the over-enthusiastic cabinet meeting, 'Annie' had something for everyone, and had the audiences both laughing and crying. It also reminded us all that no matter how bad things get 'the sun'll come out tomorrow'!
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