Annie

Date 25th April 2017
Society Worthing Musical Comedy Society
Venue The Connaught Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Mandy Chapman
Musical Director Nigel Newman
Choreographer Mandy Chapman

Report

Author: Judy Sawyer

First of all, I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to watch Annie.  I was drawn into the story immediately with the fantastic orchestra led by Nigel Newman, good lighting and a well thought out set.  

The orphans were polished and maintained their individual characters whilst delivering great choreography and good musicality, with clear diction. 

Ellie Bowley was a wonderful Molly and I look forward to seeing more of her in the future. Christine Taylor was a strong Miss Hannigan who portrayed her more vulnerable, desperate side, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  She was supported by a strong Rooster played convincingly by Jack Winrow.  But for me the two outstanding performances were Mark Barnes as Warbucks and Ruby Houghton as Annie.  Warbucks owned the stage from the moment he came on, and had a lovely connection with Annie and was supported by a well portrayed Grace played by Kiarnie Camp.  Annie sang beautifully and was very natural to watch even when overcoming a very difficult wardrobe malfunction, whilst staying in character. 

Overall the show was directed well, with some clever choreography and strong leads.