June 25, 2022

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Annie Jr captivates Alderney audiences

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Annie Jr captivated their Alderney audience

Alderney residents have enjoyed their first theatre outing since lockdown –thanks to the stellar efforts of the Island’s youngsters.

Last weekend they took to the stage with their production of Annie Jr the Musical, the classic Depression New York tale of the spirited orphan who wins the heart of America’s richest man, billionaire ‘Daddy’ Warbucks.

A true Island production, the musical involved some 18 youngsters onstage and an equal number of children and adults in backstage roles. A slew of local businesses and individuals offered practical support in other forms.

Both evenings and a matinee performance were sell-outs and the show garnered huge praise from those who saw it.

The success of the production, which was supported by Alderney Theatre Group, came despite the fact that two weeks before the curtain was due to go up at the end of March, it had to be cancelled because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

In the interim one of the original cast members left the Island and new performers were welcomed into the line up. In last three weeks and two days since restrictions were lifted to allow rehearsals to start again, parts were re-allocated and re-learned.

The following photographs by David Nash demonstrate what a shining performance it was.

The youngsters’ singing hit all the right notes
Annie and the orphans
Orphans take a breather
Aleksandra Jakubowska starred as Annie
Jenny Taylor was Miss Hannigan
Lottie Dawber played Grace Farrell
Courteney Benfleld played Lily
The orphans clean up
Alex Nellist played Daddy Warbucks
Grace Millan played Sandy
Bert Healy’s radio show appealed for Annie’s real parents to come forward
Annie Jr was the first theatre production since Covid 19 restrictions were lifted

Cast

Annie Aleksandra – Jakubowska; Oliver Warbucks – Alex Nellist; Miss Hannigan- Jenny Taylor; Grace Farrell – Lottie Dawber; Lily – Courtney Benfield; Rooster Hannigan/Bundles McCloskey/Drake – Tobin Collier.

The Orphans: Molly – Isabella Simeone; Tessie – Poppy Gauvain; Pepper – Lucia Simeone; July: Anna Tangkam; Duffy – Hollie Maurice. Cast: Bert Healy: Oliver Taylor; Sandy/Boylan Sister/Mrs Pugh/Orphan – Grace Millan; Officer Ward/President Roosevelt/Carlos – Ryan Davy; Louis Howe/Dogcatcher/Annette/ Star-to-be – Heather Syer; Apple Seller/ Boylan Sister – Hollie Jenkins; Mrs Greer/Boylan Sister – Amber Shaw; Radio Announcer/ Person at Window – Emily Chamberlain.

Crew

Director – Maxine Simeone; Musical Director – Maria Collier; Artistic Director – Nick Collier; Sound and Lighting – Ronnie Cairnduff; Wardrobe – Liz Sumner; Stage Crew – Emily Chamberlain, Keira Scott, Nick Collier; Props – Jasmine Syer, Jo Allison; Hair and Make-up – Anna Tangkam and Bella Croxton; Musical Assistant – Michelle Hutchinson; Prompt – Suzy Carter; Backstage: Jeannie Taylor and Sarah Pepper; Front of House – Angela Etheredge and Ilona Soane Sands; PR – Ilona Soane Sands.

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