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Standing ovation for Meriden’s production of Annie

On Saturday evening, the cast and crew of Meriden’s Senior School musical production of Annie received a standing ovation. After months of rehearsals, the girls were thrilled to share the show with the School community in the beautiful Concourse Theatre.

Over three nights, the cast of sixty-six Meriden students performed the classic musical which offered an uplifting message of hope that “the sun will come out tomorrow”.

Set in New York City in the midst of the Great Depression, the musical production follows the story of the orphan, Annie, and the power of optimism in dark times.

When selecting the musical, Annie’s message of hope appealed to Meriden’s Music and Performing Arts staff, particularly after coming off the back of a global pandemic. Another attraction was its large ensemble cast, as it meant more girls were able to gain experience performing in a professional theatre.

Ms Annemaree McLeod, Production Director, said the Meriden cast, crew and orchestra have relished the opportunity of learning this classic musical.

“From the vast array of larger-than-life characters to the comedic and heart-warming script, through to the historical context of the story and the iconic score, we have treasured every moment of Annie,” said Ms McLeod.

Ms McLeod said she was proud of all the girls and staff who helped make the show such a success.

“It has been a joy to work on this show with such a wonderful and hard-working cast, crew, orchestra and creative team,” she said.

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