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Annie brings musical sunshine to the stage

A sparkling production of the musical ‘Annie’ brought together the talents of over 90 pupils from across the senior school to delight audiences at each of the four performances.

With first year Annabel Stockton in the title role and featuring pupils from every year of the school through to upper sixth, the production combined drama, dance and music to tell the well-known story along with its catchy songs.

Joshua Furtado-Mendes as Daddy Warbucks and Laura Welch as Grace took ‘Annie’ away from the care of the evil Miss Hannigan played by Grace Shrophire, eventually outwitting the scheming Rooster played by Mo Al-Salam and Lily played by Niamh Johnson to reach a happy ending.

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 and even featured a faultless canine performance by Ralph Goddard as Sandy.

Director Mrs Alison Moffatt said: “This year we have many new faces gracing our stage, from new to the school first years all the way up to sixth formers who have jumped in with both feet and given the musical a whirl. It has been a real pleasure for all of the staff to guide and develop this new talent.”

The cast on stage were supported by fellow pupils in the orchestra who provided an outstanding musical accompaniment; the Green Room Club who created sets, props and costumes; and those who worked to supply sound, lighting and stage management.

Please click here to see the programme and full cast list.

Mrs Sarah Johnson (production), Mr Michael Dow (musical director) and Mrs Abi Downing (choreography) were amongst the many staff who supported the pupils throughout the production.