|Date||30th January 2013|
|Society||Big Bad Wolf Children's Theatre Company|
|Venue||Falkirk Town Hall|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Jonathon Graham|
Author: Elizabeth Donald
This was a tremendously successful production. It opened on a well set orphanage scene, peopled by orphans moving and singing confidently. Acting as one they mimicked Miss Hannigan’s mannerisms and connived at Annie’s escape. In their every scene, they gave a spirited performance. Fronting this group and giving a star performance was clear voiced Annie, played by Eva Caie, who charmed her audience as swiftly as she engaged her guardians-to-be. So young and so assured. Stefan Alexander, also in fine voice, was excellent as Daddy Warbucks, making the transition from hardnosed businessman to understanding guardian with ease. He was ably supported by Abbie Wishart as Grace who exuded calm and efficiency. Lynsey Higgins as the spiteful Miss Hannigan gave a mature role its sinister twist. She was joined by comedic pair Declan Smith as Rooster (of the wonderful ‘crow’) and Darcey Wright as Lily (of the sensuous movements) in a rousing ‘Easy Street’. Also contributing fully in minor roles were Scott Craig as Drake as well as Radio Announcer, Ryan Young as President and Dog Catcher, Ruaridh Blackwood as Bundles and Healy, Lewis Dixon as Lt Ward and Cop, and Caitlin Martin as Star To Be – not forgetting well behaved dog Holly as Sandy. The President’s men made their mark as did the part singing of the Boylan Sisters. The servants’ chorus also gave a polished performance. In addition the company reprises in the closing moments were sung beautifully. The young cast were well cast and directed. Everyone’s efforts to make this a wonderful production were fulfilled.