Children rule in this tale of orphan Annie who charmed the US President and helped kick-start the revival during the Great Depression.
Marston Green schoolgirl Kasey Robinson is a delight as the plucky redhead invited to spend Christmas with billionaire Oliver Warbucks who enlists to help locate her missing parents.
She has a fine voice, tap-dances, and oozed confidence singing The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow and encouraging the 11 other excellent girls in the New York Municipal Orphanage – with tiny Emily Hardy (Molly) a bubbly bundle of fun.
The adults also excel. Steph Coleman is outstanding as Miss Hannigan, Andy Jones is a convincing Warbucks and Lauren Key is the perfect secretary, Grace Farrell.
Tom Fletcher and Kelly Humphrey earn high marks as the con-couple Rooster and Lily St Regis, and there is an amusing contribution from Ben Coleman (radio presenter Bert Healy).
Paul Marston – Birmingham Mail, Thursday 14th March 2013
Miss Hannigan – Steph Coleman
Annie – Kasey Robinson / Holly Palmer
Oliver Warbucks – Andy Jones
Grace Farrell – Lauren Key
Rooster – Tom Fletcher
Lily St Regis – Kellie Humpries
Bundles McClosky – Carl Banks
Drake – Geoff Bird
President Roosevelt – Simon Docherty
Bert Healy – Ben Coleman
Jimmy Johnson – Craig Smith
Emily Hardy, Isobel Swinnerton, Hannah Stevenson, Emily Daniel, Lydia Stevenson, Keilee Devey, Elizabeth Bowers, Hannah Stokes, Molly Hughes, Katie Harrison, Emma Lawrence, Olivia Maillard, Emily Ison, Natalie Spooner, Katie Smith, Elizabeth Wilcox, Megan Hardy, Ellie Fishwick, Charlotte James, Reannon Potts, Francessca Morris,
Sarah Appleby, Elizabeth Ash, Charlotte Bacon, Connor Bacon, Andrew Bird, Jane Crowther, Emma Docherty, Heather Fishwick, Beckie Harris, Grace Harvey, Jane Ison, Oliver Jevons, Katherine Mansell, Faye Miller, Jacqui Shankly, Frazier Shine, Jill Westwood, Les Middleton
Director – Richard Poynton
Musical Director – Jack Hopkins
Choreographer – Charlotte Mills