Lights, camera, Annie! The musical marking the culmination of Queen’s 175th Anniversary was a phenomenal success. With nearly one hundred students participating, Annie brought together pupils across all seven year groups and QCPS taking part. The production had a family-like atmosphere during the five months from the first rehearsals to the performance day in the Shaftesbury Theatre. From the point of view of someone in the cast, the feeling of standing on the stage, looking out to the hundreds of blurry faces in the crowd was nothing short of exhilarating. Backstage there was this overwhelming feeling of wanting to savour every second; with every moment being so memorable for the whole cast, there wasn’t one student who didn’t wish to relive it the minute the bows ended.
Live music was played behind the actors, making the whole experience feel that much more like a true West End performance. One member of the band, Beatrice T. (IS) said, “Being in the band for Annie was incredible. We were surrounded by professionals, so it all felt a bit scary, but thankfully there were six other students there with me. Everything sounded amazing, even from behind the action. All I can say is well done to everyone who was a part of it!”
The instant feeling of community within the cast, backstage crew, and band was so important to the success of the performance. The experience created immensely strong friendships across pupils of all year groups. From Marina’s (IIS) incredible and admirable performance of Miss Hannigan to the brilliant comedic timing of the orphans, Annie was, without a doubt, a show worth seeing. Thank you to Ms Mills, Director of Drama and Mr Hughes, Director of Music for being the leaders of this phenomenal production. Annie was a roaring success!
Written by Miranda McLaren (IS)
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