Date 3rd August 2019
Society Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre
Venue The Berry Theatre, Hedge end
Type of Production Musical
Director Will Jones and Mike Mullen
Musical Director Nigel Finch
Choreographer Kiera Leech and Ashley Sheath
Producer MIke Mullen


Author: Mark Allen

Arriving in the foyer of the Berry, I was greated with a hubbub and cheerful noise that I have become accustomed too with CPYT shows, along with friendly greetings from there Front of House, all of whom were keen to part me of money for the raffle. I was given my tickets and shown to my seat.

Annie is a well known story of rags to riches and one that always brings an audience, this being no exception. Its great to see a full house. Great energy from the large cast for the opening numbers, all looked well drilled with brilliant choreography from Kiera Leech and Ashley Sheath. The cast were extremely well backed by a great band led by Nigel Finch who always seems to deliver a great soundtrack for the performers to rise to, and they certainly on the whole did so.

The set, which added to the overall feel, was put to use with good use of the props and back stage crew, and was equally well lit by Becky Starks and enhanced the overall feel. The costume department though, led by Nicki Moorhouse, must have worked really hard, and it showed. The costumes were superb.  Diction overall was good across the board, even the younger members of the cast could be heard. A great testament to their practice and enthusiasm, but enhanced by the ever reliable Pob Wyeth. Poor sound and poor lighting can often distract from the performances and I'm happy to say not in this instance.

Annie herself, played by Lily Rochard, took on the part with gusto, sang really clearly and with passion. Ably backed up by Karcsi Wright As Daddy Warbucks, Ciara Harman as Grace and Danniella Green as the gin swigging Miss Hannigan, all of whom looked confident, could be heard and with enthusiasm. This was a really enjoyable evening full of laughs and enjoyment. Well done CPYT, a triumph.