|Date||24th October 2012|
|Society||Congleton Musical Theatre|
|Venue||Daneside Theatre, Congleton|
|Type of Production||Musical|
|Musical Director||Ian Pickford|
Author: Sharon Drummond
This show had 2 teams of young people including Annie and on the evening I visited the parts were taken by Team B and technically this was their opening night. Daisy Mitchell played the lead role and was tremendous. Vocally and acting she came across as older than her years, such was her stage presence. Nothing seemed to phase her including Sandy the Dog not quite performing on cue. Great performance Daisy- well done.
The set, props and costumes looked great and the set fitted together like a big jigsaw. The Direction of scene changes worked well with minimum waiting time between scenes. The lighting complemented the plot and although there were a couple of issues with mics not working, overall the sound was very good.
The band sounded great under the direction of Ian Pickford MD but were not visible to the audience as they were behind the scenes and were not mentioned in the programme either.
The cast all did very good jobs especially Annie’s gang in the orphanage although there were a couple of miking problems early on in the show. The choreography worked well with the mixed abilities of the cast.
Charles Dale as Rooster Hannigan put in a very solid performance both vocally and acting the part of the con man. Helen Briggs played the sassy Lily well and again had good vocals whilst really looking the part.
David Parry as Oliver Warbucks put in a great performance and delivered a caring portrayal of the millionaire. Hannah Bours as Grace Farrell was tremendous as she sang and danced her way across the stage. Sharon Auerbach-Sim played a marvellous Miss Hannigan and was extremely scary in a comic way portraying the drunk, selfish, scheming unpleasant character who runs the orphanage.
The supporting roles and chorus all did very well in their portrayals and the chorus numbers sounded superb with great harmonies. This was a big cast but the direction worked well and the stage never looked cluttered. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the performance so well done to all concerned in this production.