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It’s a hard knock life for us as Annie is brought to life at Smallwood Manor

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BUDDING actors from a Marchington school have lifted the curtain on their end of year production of a classic musical.

After months of line-learning and rehearsals, a cast and crew of more than 100 pupils from Denstone College Preparatory School at Smallwood Manor took to the stage for Annie.

Year six pupils took the lead roles with Ella Hurley as Annie, Phoenix Pate as Oliver Warbucks and Ella Parkinson as Miss Hannigan and they were accompanied by a cast of pupils across year groups two to six.

The song-and-dance show tells the story of orphan Annie, who is invited by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to leave the ‘cruel clutches’ of Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, and find her real parents.

Drama director Sally Moseley said: “We couldn’t be more proud of all the pupils involved in this year’s dramatic production, both on and off the stage. This has proved to be our most impressive show yet, with plenty of song and dance numbers, all of which have been performed with dedication by the young cast.”

The children had been rehearsing since Easter, with those taking to the stage receiving production support from pupils within the school’s Arts Scholars group, who designed and painted the stage scenery. The show also had its own production team, comprising of year five and six pupils who were involved in prompting, lighting, sound engineering, the arrangement of props and coordination of stage management.

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