Annie

Date 26th October 2013
Society Nottingham West Music & Drama Society
Venue Kimberley School Nottingham
Type of Production Musical
Director Rosie Lishman
Musical Director John Wilson
Choreographer Rosie Lishman

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Author: Phil Williams

If Rosie really does retire after this one then there cannot be a better way of going out than with this excellent production, packing so much effective action onto the limited stage area available and inspiring the cast to perform to such high standards. The music was in John’s capable hands with great music and interpretation from band and stage. There was an abundance of talent on stage, not least from Mia Hardy as a superb Annie. Her vocal, acting, and dancing ability, together with stage presence were outstanding, a very mature performance from one so young. Danny De Martino was a very good Warbucks and Hannah Lishman gave a super character performance as Miss Hannigan. Alison Reeves made a fine Grace while Tom Bailey and Rachel Charlton were certainly well cast as Rooster and Lily. The orphans were a great team of different characters performing with talent and enthusiasm (and enjoyment!). The choreography and dancing were excellent, integrating well with the stage action. The set was fine and well used, while costumes, lighting and props all added to the occasion. Efficient back stage work kept the show running smoothly. By the end of the show there were probably many damp eyes in the audience and the performers and production team fully deserved the standing ovation.