Last night saw the opening evening of the hit musical at Venue Cymru ‘Annie’. Showcasing musical hits such as ‘Maybe’, ‘Hard Knock life’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Easy Street’ the show is a family friendly must see this week during the school summer holidays.
The Musical tells the story of a little girl that was abandoned by her parents as a baby and grew up in an orphanage in New York City. The little girl sets her heart on finding her parents again though finds a better life after spending Christmas at the home of a billionaire, Mr Warbucks, who then decides he wants to adopt Annie.
The audience is greeted by a fantastic stage set with a jigsaw puzzle effect. The set and props are as you would expect fit for a west end production and really makes you feel that you are in New York. Throughout the performance the audience, of young and old, could be seen clapping and singing along and at the end gave a rightfully deserving standing ovation to the cast.
Staring Strictly Come Dancing’s very own Craig Revel Horwood stars as the famous Miss Hannigan though is truly upstaged by the children actors who play their roles to an amazingly high standard.
Annie was played in the evening by the hugely talented Sophia Pettit who in years to come will be a leading star in the theatre business for sure with her strong acting and singing a joy to behold throughout the evening. Her stage awareness and confidence whether it is dancing by herself, with Mr Warbucks (Alex Bourne) or by controlling Sandy the dog was truly magnificent.
A special well done also has to go to the sound and lighting team who did a fantastic job throughout the show.
Annie is at Venue Cymru, Llandudno throughout the week until Saturday with tickets available via the theatre itself, Calling 01492 872000 or by going online at http://www.venuecymru.co.uk