Annie

Date 3rd November 2012
Society Hereford Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Courtyard, Hereford
Type of Production Musical
Director Frank Bennett
Musical Director Rob West
Choreographer Samantha Stokes

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Author: Louise Hickey MBE

HMTC had two Annie’s for this production, Anja Scot and Hattie Pendeli, and their ‘orphans’ were split into two teams appearing in three productions each. On the night I attended I watched Hattie and the red team but I was reliably informed that there was nothing between either team, so all I can say is that they were all extremely good and Hattie was a lovely Annie. The choreography for ‘it’s a hard knock life’; was clever and a taster of what was to follow. The ‘orphans’ acted with enthusiasm and precision and gave convincing performances. It was just a pity that the orchestra drowned their dialogue on occasions, but with so many on stage at any one time, sound is often a struggle. Ian Burrell was an ideal ‘Daddy Warbucks’ and Sarah Phillips made a lovely Grace Farrell; they worked very well together, as did Mark Price and Bex Taylor as Rooster Hannigan and Lily St. Regis. Great support from Doug Steane and Bob Milner plus others in various small roles, Richard Davies was very funny as Bert Healy and Paul Morris made a great President Roosevelt! The chorus looked as if they enjoyed every moment and sang and danced with gusto. However, a special mention has to be for made for Adele Alexander who, with less than three weeks’ notice, stepped in to take on the pivotal role of Miss Hannigan. She nailed it completely and was a very realistic Miss Hannigan. Well done HMTC.