Local theatre version of Annie sets the stage alight

2016-10-30 08:00
Annie (Photo: City Press)

Johannesburg - Sandy the dog was voted the most popular character by the two seven-year-olds I took to see Annie – however, that shouldn’t make you think they didn’t absolutely love the rest of the show.

The opening-night audience full of children was mesmerised by seeing other children doing a truly magnificent job of telling the story of a Great Depression-era orphan in New York as she looks for her parents.

Because of the gruelling nature of performing multiple shows, there are three casts of orphans, each led by an Annie (Emma-Rose Blacher, Caitlin Dicker and Lilla Fleischmann).

The directing team deserves a mention for turning out a shiny, polished production in every way, despite working with notoriously difficult animals and children.

Joyful, poignant, full of gumption and with perhaps the catchiest tune ever written – Tomorrow – this local production of Annie is simply wonderful. Set in 1933 – with a redheaded 11-year-old as the protagonist – it is about tenacity, optimism and never giving up, no matter what.

Charon Williams-Ros is Miss Hannigan and does a more than competent job in a role that can’t be wrestled away from Carol Burnett, whose Miss Hannigan was immortalised in the 1982 film.

Neels Clasen, Taryn Sudding, Stephen Jubber and Delray Halgryn complete the adult cast with energetic, spotless work.

Annie is as universal as it is irrepressible. For those planning family outings in the run-up to the festive season, add this to your basket.

Performance dates and venues for Annie, the musical -  

Johannesburg performances: 

Venue: The Teatro at Montecasino

Dates: Wednesday,October 12 to Sunday,November 27 2016.

Cape Town performances:

Venue: Artscape Opera

Dates: Friday, December 2 to Sunday, January 8 2016.

All tickets are available at Computicket.

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