Review: Annie happy returns.Byline: Jenny Watson
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THE Birkenhead Operatic Society have taken on Strouse and Charnin's musical Annie for their first outing of 2003.
The tale of 10-year-oldAnnie and her tiny friends at Miss Hannigan's gloomy orphanage is strewn strew
tr.v. strewed, strewn or strewed, strew·ing, strews
1. To spread here and there; scatter: strewing flowers down the aisle.
2. with optimism against the backdrop of America's Great Depressionin 1929.
There's always tomorrow for President Roosevelt to introduce his New Deal and create jobs for millions of destitute Americans - as Annie tells him when she gets taken to the White House.
As ever, the central pillar of the musical, which was based on an American strip cartoon Little Orphan Annie Little Orphan Annie
teenage heroine who has not aged since strip started (1938). [Comics: “Little Orphan Annie” in Horn, 459]
See : Agelessness
Little Orphan Annie
red, curly hair. published in The New York News New York News was a newspaper drama which was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1995 fall lineup.
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Animal actor Scrappy, who plays Annie's canine friend Sandy, was a hot favourite with the audience last night, sitting with the patience of an angel while Annie trilled Tomorrow in his ear.
Davis (who alternates with Jade Cotgrave in the part) is confident beyond her age and tiny stature, so it comes as no surprise when she charms billionaire Mr Warbucks into wanting to take her under his wing.
She shone out against the huge chorus of fairly ordinary adult cast members - some of whom were struggling to be heard last night - with her strong voice, perfect ear for the American accent and a natural instinct for comic timing.
Evil alcoholic Miss Hannigan (Pat Davis) and her dastardly brother Rooster rooster
its crowing at dawn heralds each new day. [Western Folklore: Leach, 329]
See : Dawn
symbol of maleness. [Folklore: Binder, 85]
See : Virility (Mark Duffy) try their best to foil Annie's new-found happiness, providing very welcome comedy.
Davis is suitably attired in seedy lingerie throughout and their performance of Easy Street, which saw plenty of drunken staggering, went down very well.
In some scenes director Elsie Kelly could have been a bit more daring - the adult company ends every number with their hands out-stretched above their heads - but she has worked wonders to bring out strong performances from very young actors. These children do very well to launch the musical into orbit as the curtains pull up to reveal the New York Municipal Orphanage for Girls where Annie acts as mother to the other girls and sings them to sleep with Maybe.