Students at Hanham Woods Academy have been pulling out the stops to create this year’s fantastic performance of Annie Jr, the much-loved story of a young orphan girl overcoming hardships, based on “Little Orphan Annie” by permission of the Tribune Media Services, Inc. The script for our production was written by Thomas Meehan, with lyrics by Martin Charnin and music by Charles Strouse.

Our story begins in the New York Municipal Orphanage, December 1933. After being cruelly treated by the evil principal of the orphanage, Miss Hannigan (played by Emily Budd), Annie (Chloe Scott) hatches a plan to escape. This doesn’t go quite as she wanted, as a police officer takes her back to the orphanage. Annie meets Grace Farrell (Eleanor Jardine), the secretary of the billionaire, Mr Warbucks (played by Leo Arrowsmith), and many amazing adventures follow. We all have something to learn from Annie’s cheerful personality and belief that “the sun will come out tomorrow.”

The original show was presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols and originally produced by Stephen R. Friedman. We also thank The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Irwin Meyer of Alvin Nederlander Associates Inc and Lewis Allen of Icarus Productions, for allowing us to perform such an amazing show.

Over 50 students have been involved with the production, such as our talented student choreographers – Lucy & Sophie Francombe, Freya Milne-Brown, Faye Worgan-Pearce, as well as the assistant director, Izzy Shanahan and the technical and design teams. Many staff have also been involved in leading key aspects of this year’s production, including Miss Filain, Mrs Marsh and Miss Holloway.

Mrs Hurrell, Director said, “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff who have been involved in the show, as well as the lovely parents and guardians who have provided their support but most of all we would like to thank all the performers, design team and backstage who have demonstrated dedication, hard work and perseverance all the way.”

Well done and ‘break a leg!’

 Written by Emily Budd on behalf of Mrs Hurrell (Director)