With Covid-19 putting a stop to so many live performances over the past two years, it was such a delight to see Abbey Grange students grace the stage once more in this year’s musical, Annie.
The cast and crew of over 100 students, amazed audiences for three nights, as well as a matinée performance for St Chad’s Primary School earlier in the week. Students from across all Key Stages worked together brilliantly to put Abbey Grange back on the live theatre map. The dedication shown by the staff and students to perform such a wonderful show was nothing short of miraculous considering the challenges we continue to face as a result of the pandemic. Not even an Ofsted inspection could derail the team!
The maturity of the performances belied the students ages. Miss Hannigan, played by Erin, was an all to convincing, gin riddled, orphanage owner. The poise of Mrs Warbucks and George Farrell played by Abigail and Oscar. The menace of Rooster and Lilly St Regis played by Henry and Eliza. The roof raising vocals of Ndanatsei , and the brilliance of Annie, played by Lillie , to name but a few. And let’s not forgot Sandy the singing, talking dog, played by Nathaniel!
Show night of the school production is the culmination of a considerable team effort, and we would like to thank all those who supported the staff and students in whatever capacity. From the performers themselves, backstage teams, dance captains, PTA who provided the refreshments, costume by Mrs Richardson, tech support from Mr Marshall and his team, musical direction from Mr Birch, vocal arrangements by Miss Clifton and the stage design by Mrs Bose, Mr McGinty and their team. Special thanks, however, must go to director, Mrs Rudge. Her ability to inspire such great performances, in challenging times, whilst also taking increasing departmental responsibility to become Acting Subject Leader of Drama was amazing to witness.
An additional thanks must also go to Emma Hobson for her family’s wonderful donation to the production. Their generosity allowed us to purchase the stage furniture and costumes.
Sincere thanks again for all those who supported the production in whatever capacity. We really could not have done it without you!
Many congratulations to all those involved – you were incredible!