1998: Annie

 

Set in the 1930's, 'Annie' is the story of an eleven-year-old orphan, presided over by Miss Hannigan, who keeps the little girl orphans in line by bullying and threatening them. The girls are ever hopeful that they will find parents and happiness ("Maybe") while Miss Hannigan is unhappy with her situation. Annie decides to escape to find her parents, running into a friendly dog (Sandy) ("Tomorrow") and the people made homeless because of the Great Depression ("Hooverville"). However, she is returned to the orphanage.

Grace Farrell, assistant to the billionaire industrialist Oliver Warbucks, picks her to live in his palatial home for the Christmas holidays ("I Think I'm Gonna Like it Here"). Although initially uncomfortable with each other, Annie and Daddy Warbucks soon come to love each other (You Won't Be An Orphan For Long). Warbucks wants to adopt her, but Annie insists that her parents will come for her. Over the radio show of Bert Healy, and with the help of President and Mrs. Roosevelt, Warbucks offers a reward for the parents ("You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile").

Miss Hannigan and her brother, Rooster, and his slightly ditzy girlfriend, Lily St. Regis, scheme to pretend to be the parents and collect the reward ("Easy Street"). When they are found out, it is revealed that Annie's parents have died. Warbucks and Annie become a family ("I Don't Need Anything But You").

A  film adaptation was released in 1982, starring Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Tim Curry as Rooster and musical theatre star Bernadette Peters as Lily.

 


 

Our 1998 cast is:

 

Mrs Hannigan - Carol Fraser

Bundles - Keith Gibson

Dog Catcher - Garry Withnell

Assistant Dog Catcher - Ian Scott

Sandy - Samson (owner Megan Russell)

Lieutenant Ward - David Wylie

Grace Farrell - Lesley Johnson

Mrs Pugh - Sheila Rodgers

Mrs Greer - Fiona Scott

Drake - Willy Devlin

Oliver Warbucks - Jim Morrison

Rooster - Craig Gourlay

Lily St. Regis - Lyndsay Wallace

Bert Healy - Keith Gibson

Boylan Sisters - Margaret Brown, Fiona Scott, Fiona Harrison

Franklin D. Roosevelt - John Danskin

Whitehouse Cabinet - Keith Gibson, Ian Scott, Bill McDonald, David Wylie, Garry Withnell

Annie - Jasmin Alzadjally

Orphans - Sarah Manning, Deborah Newell, Hazel Gardiner, Pamela Scott, Nyree Brankin, Victoria Brankin, Alison Piper, Sarah Brown, Claire Kenned, Fiona Kennedy, Ciara Monteith, Claire Crommie

 

Director...Nan McDonald

Musical Director...Eddie MacLennan

Choreographer...Kaye Findlay Crowe