"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
ANNIE - CCHS
County High School for Girls
far cry from Agatha Harrigan's Orphanage to the County High School
for Girls, but both are crammed with talented young ladies who are
happy to burst into song and break into a dance.
end-of-term entertainment, directed by James French, with
choreography by Maria French, was a very impressive piece of musical
theatre – especially successful when the stage, and the auditorium,
was over-run by orphans, down-and-outs and Fifth Avenue flunkeys.
Most memorably in the Without A Smile mass tap routine, evoking 42nd
Street and Busby Berkeley.
praiseworthy performances from individuals – too many to mention –
with Alex Buckley a confident and tuneful Annie, though perhaps a
little too grown-up, a little too blonde. Her Warbucks – and the
only man on stage – was Jamie Dent: happily the pair of them were
also allowed a Fred and Ginger moment in Act Two. Nice character work
from Lucy Adams as Rooster and Roisin McNamara as Lily, and a lovely
operatic cameo from Raheel Tharmaraj in NYC. But if anyone was going
to steal the show it was Stephanie Dagg as a raddled, rasping
Hannigan, bottle in hand, oozing loathing and avarice from every
Alex McGee got some great sounds from his singers and his band,
woodwind and percussion particularly, and I liked the newspaper
décor. But too much of the action was on the floor, and so obscured
for most of the audience. Fortunately Sandy the Dog barked right on
cue, otherwise I would have missed her altogether …