Uplifting Musical a Winner in the Goose Pimple Test
When Annie was billed recently as an uplifting musical it must have been referring to the hairs on the back of my neck. For me, the sign of an excellent production is if it scores highly in the Goose Pimple Test within the first ten minutes. And score highly the Salisbury Amateur Operatic Society production certainly does.
From the first bars of Maybe – beautifully sung by the talented Freya Evans – through to the rousing NYC by society stalwart, the wonderful Dave Coxon, to the spine-tingling harmonies of Tomorrow – in Franklin D Roosevelt’s (Derrick Foord) White House office – I, and the capacity audience, was hooked.
The set, costumes, musical arrangements and energetic choreography shone. There were, of course, a few first night teething problems with the lighting and the sound system, but these hardly mattered.
The cast sailed through number after number – director Jeremy Tustin should be justly proud (and how brave to buck the cliché and work with children and animals – dog Megan was a real star too.)
Camilla Burgess (Miss Hannigan), Claire Sainsbury (Lily St Regis) and Julian Jeffrey (Rooster Hannigan) were excellent as the three baddies, while Nikki Angel-Jull was perfect as Mr Warbuck’s beautiful, young secretary Grace Farrell.
Tuesday’s appreciative audience seemed to love every aspect of this production – one of the society’s biggest for many years – and the applause resounded long after the hair-on-the-back-of-the-neck-raising finale.
Feel good factor and goose pimple rating: 11 out of ten.
Cathy Clark NODA Representative, SW Region, District 4A
Many thanks for the very warm welcome my guests and I received on Saturday especially on the very busy matinee performance.
First of all many congratulations to the Red Team for a very professional performance. Some great talent amongst you and I hope you really enjoyed being part of this production and will audition for others in the future. Well done Annie for the way you performed throughout the show. A special mention for Daddy Warbucks who played his part sensitively – I particularly liked his rendition of ” Something was missing” – beautifully sung. Rooster Hannigan showed great character as himself and later as the rather seedy Mudge. The chorus looked good and worked hard playing servants, down and outs and politicians.
The performance was slightly marred for me by some poor lighting in a scene with the orphans when some of them disappeared off stage right and left into the darkness still performing despite not being lit and a scene with Annie and Daddy Warbucks when the top third of Daddy Warbucks disappeared.
I think that SAOS should be pleased with yet another success and I am sure there were many very proud parents of the two teams of orphans and some potential new adult members for the group in a few years time.