The brassy tones of ‘It’s a hard knock life’ marked the start of the overture for ‘Annie’, a much loved musical about a cheeky red-headed orphan. The orphans popped up from under the sheets on their beds and sang ‘Maybe’, taking us into their world of Miss Hannigan, scrubbing, cleaning and dreams of a better tomorrow.
All the orphaned girls worked excellently together, as a little army against the obnoxious Miss Hannigan (Molly Banks). Miss Hannigan was the perfect over-the-top baddie, drunkenly hiccupping her way through the show and using her whistle to summon the girls.
Molly Shorey playing Annie truly lived through the emotions of her character. Her charming smile proved to the audience why everyone wanted to help this little orphan. When she stepped into Oliver Warbucks’ (Andy Statton) mansion it really felt as if she had never seen anything so spectacular in her life. She also professionally handled Sandy the dog while singing and acting. Bailey playing Sandy won the audience over with her sweet face and bond with Annie.
We are introduced to the Warbucks’ servants with ‘I think I’m Gonna Like it Here’. The ensemble were precise and bright, essential for the success of this number and Mr Warbucks’ assistant Grace (Erin Smith) adored Annie from their first meeting.
This heart-warming story can’t fail to make an audience smile. Children and adults were both taken into 1930s New York, enjoying the charm and humour of Miss Hannigan’s orphans. This musical is perfect for little audience members as it is packed full of action, in a world where kids can achieve anything they dream of.