Academy version of musical classic Annie hailed a success

Cliff Park Academy performed the classic musical Annie at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth.

Cliff Park Academy performed the classic musical Annie at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Cliff Park

A slice of Broadway came to Great Yarmouth with a school production of Annie.

The story of the mop-topped orphan was told by students at Cliff Park Ormiston Academy who performed to a paying audience at St George’s Theatre.

The production saw students from Years seven to 10 showcasing their acting, singing and dancing talents in a two hour show they had been rehearsing since November last year.

Pupils from Edward Worlledge Primary School and St Nicholas Priory Primary School made up the first audience setting the cast up perfectly for their first curtain call to a paying house.

The production was a whole academy affair with geography teachers Miss Adcock and Miss Hawkins joining forces with the head of music and the show’s musical director Miss Green to form a live band.

Mr Herridge, the technology teacher, took all the official photographs.

And former student, Tristan Griffen, now a professional theatre and events lighting designer, worked with drama teacher and the show’s director Mr Howard on all things technical.

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Organisers thanked St George’s Theatre for their fantastic facilities and for being such warm and welcoming hosts, adding: “We hope that the strong and flourishing relationship that the academy and the theatre now has will lead on to bigger and better things in the future.”

The academy will be back at St George’s in the autumn for their second performance showcase.

Mr Howard said: “I would personally like to thank the staff and students for all of their long hours of hard work that has led to such a fantastic production of Annie, and to the staff, students, parents, family and friends who came to watch. We look forward to seeing you all in the autumn for Cliff Park’s second Performance Showcase.”

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