Printable CopyANNIE JR
Pelican Productions
The Arts Theatre
Until 25 Mar 2018

Review by Talia Gaertner-Jones

For a person who is a fan of “Annie”, Pelican Productions’ “Annie Jr” does not disappoint. And despite it being a condensed junior version, many of the favourite numbers still get a mention and moment.

Taylor Schwartz as Annie was spirited in character but was able to show a warming and nurturing side to Annie during her opening number “Maybe” as she sung with her fellow orphans. “Tomorrow” was another lovely number, however Schwartz may have been slightly upstaged (as is often the case) by Teddy who played her dog Sandy. Jada Seneca as Molly, Charlotte Van Zuydam as Duffy, Jacinda Tsakalos as Pepper, Amalia Tsakalos as Kate, Inara Lang as Tessie and Alicia Marcoionni as July had a fantastic rapport with one another. They were entertaining in “Never Fully Dressed” and blended well with the ensemble of orphans in “Hard Knock Life”.

Eve Green showed her strict and menacing ways during “Little Girls” and delivered her lines with distain which was particularly convincing. Cooper James as Rooster Hannigan and Katie Lammin as Lily St Regis worked well with each other and understood the humour in their roles. Together with Green, their trio singing “Easy Street” was a lot of fun to watch.

As Grace Farrell, Victoria Thorp was the prim and proper private secretary to Mr Oliver Warbucks, played by Henry Hasler. Hasler was a standout in the show, portraying maturity in a difficult role for someone so young. His duet “I Don’t Need Anything But You” with Schwartz was lovely as even though both performers are young in age, the age difference of their characters and the ‘fatherly’ role that Hasler played was evident.

The production team of Jen Frith (Director), Bec Schembri (Choreographer/Assistant Director) and Kylie Green (Music Director) have again produced another fantastic show for Pelican. Annie Jr is a lovely show with a simple reminder that no matter how bad things may seem, the sun will come out tomorrow!