Annie 2007

Gazette - Monday, 21 May 2007

Shantelle makes sure sun shines on musical

The sun really did come out and dazzle the audience when Clacton Amateur Operatic Society staged the magical musical Annie.

This timeless classic about little orphan Annie and her optimism and hope never fails to inspire an audience and CAOS did not disappoint.

Dozens of multi-talented youngsters as the New York orphans and a golden retriever called Hannah, who didn't stop wagging her tail, captivated the audience in this rags to riches story.

Eleven-year-old Shantelle Robinson really shone as the ever hopeful Annie determined to find the parents who abandoned her at the orphanage 11 years before.

Her crystal-clear voice filled the Princess Theatre with the songs Tomorrow and Maybe.

But there was also some great chorus work, including the welcome scene at the mansion and the festive scene and two powerful performances by returning members who have been working professionally in the theatre.

Samantha Slim was the splendidly drunken orphanage matron who bullied and cheated while Courtenay Botterill gave a mature and confident performance as Daddy Warbucks, the billionaire factory worker who had his heart melted by little Annie.

Sam McCarthy and Lucy Mellow combined well to portray the outrageous trickster Rooster and his pouting lady friend Lily, while Neil Murphie made the most of his role as Drake the butler and Julie Codling was outstanding as Grace, the billionaire's personal assistant.

Steve Church as the radio presenter with the Boylen Sisters produced a hilarious second act scene in this show which really did send us home on a cold wet night with a feelgood factor.

Sue Howlett

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