St John's production of Annie, 2018.
St John's production of Annie, 2018. Alexia Austin

Review: Talented student cast powers Annie

MORE than 70 students took to the Cultural Centre stage on Thursday night to deliver an energetic performance of Annie to a sold out crowd.

St John's students aged between 10 and 18 have been pouring their hearts and souls into rehearsals for the past three months to bring the story of little orphan Annie to the stage.

The production is fun, riotous and heartfelt with some thumping good tunes and an optimistic message of the importance of love and honesty.

Eadie Bruton (Annie) commands the audience's attention as the ginger-haired orphan who dreams of a life with her long-lost parents.

She's charming, sings well and plays her part with conviction.

Sean Allen shows maturity beyond his years as Mr Warbucks.

He truly shines in his duet I Don't Need Anything But You, with Annie.

Amelia Gane combines menace with physical comedy as the villainous orphanage overseer, Miss Hannigan.

She gets laughs from the audience in every scene, and her gutsy singing voice wows the crowds.

The only downside to Gane's rendition of Little Girls was that it just wasn't long enough.

The orphans were, of course, the real stars of the show, as they should be.

Hard Knock Life was infectious fun with orphans spilling onto the stage.

The young cast's confidence grew throughout the production so by the time You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile came along, the little stars really shone.

Director Trent Sellars and his talented crew have put together an all-time crowd pleaser that's sure to put a smile on your face.

Head along to the weekend's showings of Annie, it's just the tonic you need to help the sun come out tomorrow.

St John's production of Annie is booked into the Cultural Centre tonight and tomorrow night from 7pm, as well as a 2pm matinee on Saturday.

Check out the photos from opening night below:

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