Annie Jr by arrangement with Music Theatre International
30th January 2018
The Lamproom Youth Theatre Ensemble
The Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
Type of Production
Author: Jo Sykes
I was lucky enough to attend the first night of the production of Annie Junior and had a wonderful evening. Directed by Louise Armitage with Ellie Gilliott as MD/Choreographer this show presented a clever and very entertaining staging of the ‘Junior’ version of the popular musical.
All the girls cast as orphans gave us an excellent opening, with clear delivery and well performed dance numbers – congratulations to Choreographer Ellie Gilliott, whose routines made excellent use of the stage space and allowed the girls to sing and move very effectively. Alex Robinson took the title role of the show, the orphan Annie. Her clear and thoughtful delivery of her lines demonstrated a maturity beyond her years and she sang the songs beautifully.
All of the performers were well cast – Ryden Ockerby and Isabella Pye held the audience with their strong portrayals of Oliver Warbucks and Grace Farrell. Harvey Wilson (Rooster) and Phoebe Glover (Lily St Regis) were incredibly entertaining and perfect stooges for Edie Butterfield who gave an excellent portrayal of Miss Hannigan. I enjoyed Dylan Parkin as a very cheerful Bert Healy. Super interpretation of these ‘adult’ characters by such young performers.
Throughout the show all the performers showed the audience that they had an understanding of their characters and a clever grasp of the American accent. I enjoyed the ensemble numbers when I felt that every performer on stage was committed to their part in this production. Well done too to Jack - an incredibly well behaved Sandy.
The set was simple with excellent props – they were moved around by a clearly experienced stage crew and members of the cast, who again showed great maturity in recognising the importance of clean and tidy scene changes. There was sympathetic lighting and clear sound, making the production both a visual and auditory success. Well done to the wardrobe team who ensured that the characters were well dressed.
Everyone involved gave their all and this was very much appreciated by the audience. Congratulations to all the Production Team, the Cast and Crew on this super production.