REVIEW: ANNIE, CPYT - The Berry Theatre
Annie is the latest production to be staged by Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre (CPYT) and this young cast have certainly worked hard to put this production together.
12 year old Lily Rochard played the leading lady "Annie" and with her superb singing voice and clear diction it was clear why she was chosen for the role. Huge congratulations - this is the best I have seen this role played for a long time!
Ciara Harman who confidently and professionally played the role of Grace Farrell was a joy to watch on the stage. A star of the future!
Karcsi Wright (Daddy Warbucks) and Daniella Green (Miss Hannigan) confidently owned the stage while Sam Archer-Scott (Rooster) and Immie Crabtree (Lily St. Regis) clearly had lots of fun performing the well known 'Easy Street'.
The main orphan gang were slick and delivered their lines clearly and with pace. These girls were supported by the whole cast and the first half favourite was definitely 'Hard Knock Life' which was the best I have ever seen! CPYT's smallest members shone bright, and had the audience smiling everytime they came on stage. Choreographers Kiera Leech and Ashley Sheath should be extremely proud of their efforts - especially in the number previously mentioned.
Other members of the production team (Will Ross-Jones, Michael Mullen, Nigel Finch) should all be congratulated, striving to achieve the best of the all of the children in the cast, no matter their age, ability or role. I am sure the production team are incredibly proud of their completed project.
The audience thoroughly enjoyed the show, and CPYT certainly enjoyed performing! How lucky are we to have such amazing talent within our community.
You "betcha bottom dollar" that this one excellent show that CPYT should be very proud of.
Annie runs at The Berry Theatre until Saturday 3rd August.