Annie

Date 22nd March 2013
Society Dundee Operatic Society
Venue Whitehall Theatre
Type of Production Musical
Director Wilma Finnie
Musical Director Billy Muir
Choreographer Sandra Reid

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Author: Roger D. Buist

After a few difficulties in previous years, it was extremely gratifying to see the company play to large audiences. This is a warm-hearted show and the society pulled out all the stops to ensure its success.  Billy Naismith was outstanding in the very demanding role of billionaire Daddy Warbucks and, in doing so, stamped his own personal characterisation on the character that we have all come to know. Sue Robertson was in her element playing the hard-hearted Miss Hannigan, enjoying the booze, but not the orphans’ presence! Her two co-conspirators in the story were Scott McRuvie as the sleazy Rooster Coburn and his floozy girlfriend, Lily St Regis (Paula-Jane Wales) each playing their spiteful characters to great effect. Among the many “good” people was Grace Farrell, delightfully played by Terri Roberts and Drake, the Butler, played by a flamboyant Raymond Wood, and Malcolm Dowie was in excellent form in his character as President Roosevelt. No one could fail not to enjoy the performances by the large group of energetic Orphans, In the Annie role, Rosie Dignan turned out to be a real bobby dazzler performer, full of confidence, plus charm and a powerful singing voice, she carried it all off in great style. Full barks (marks!) to a well behaved Sandy (Rebus). The audience loved it and showed their approval!