'Annie' a triumph for local youngsters
applause greets hugely enjoyable production
and the Lady Eleanor Holles Band (and friends).
They rewarded the young cast with loud and long applause for the highly
"It was a very ambitious show and the children showed great talent
and confidence" said Father Kevin Morris, vicar of St Michael's.
"They put a huge amount of work into it and so did the director and
music director and many of the parents."
The crucial role of Annie, the optimistic orphan who inspires President
Roosevelt to launch the New Deal and lead America out of the Depression,
was played by 8-year-old Milly Forrest with great verve and obvious enjoyment.
Her natural talent shone through and she sang and acted as though she'd
been on the stage for years.
The cruel orphanage owner Miss Hannigan was played by Harriet Preston
with great professionalism, winning lots of laughs and singing and dancing
with great style and aplomb. Her brother, Archie Preston, brought great
presence to the role of President Roosevelt, and their young sister, Maisie,
brought the house down as one of the orphans, when she did the splits
at the end of the number 'You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile'.
Thomas Rogers and Jocelyn Juritz played the scheming couple Rooster and
Lily with great style, Nick Chambers was an appealing billionaire in the
role of Daddy Warbucks and Emily Paines brought great charm to the part
of his secretary Grace. More than 30 other children played other roles,
and the big chorus numbers involving the orphans, the 'Hooverites', the
President's po-faced political advisers and the commercial radio station
were greeted with great applause.
of the credit must go to the director Esta Charkham and music director
Phoebe Woollam and a large team of parents, who helped with the sets,
costumes, makeup and technical production.
was sponsored by Letts, the educational publisher, which is based in the
Chiswick High Road.
The money raised from this year's Bedford Park Festival is going to St
Mary's Convent & Nursing Home Appeal.
details and a full Festival programme, contact the parish office of St
Michael & All Angels Church on 020 8994 1380, or visit the Festival
featured in this article were taken by Dianna Bonner
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