Annie

School Production 2017

When I found out that I was Annie I was so happy and shocked on how well I did and at first I didn’t think it was true. I didn’t believe it, but when I walked up to the cast sheet tears of happiness streamed down my face. I got the part! Ever since I was little I loved the role of Annie, she was sweet and clever and special.  I loved Annie and have seen it everywhere; on stage, TV, film and everything else!  If it wasn’t for my friends (especially Sophie) I wouldn’t have been as confident and certainly wouldn’t be doing Drama today.

When I first started rehearsals I was quite nervous and scared because I had never done something like this before. After a couple of rehearsals I was kind of getting the hang of things and I was trying my best. It’s quite scary performing with older kids that you don’t know!  All the teachers kept encouraging me and gave me the courage to make mistakes because it’s all part of the process. When it came to the music side I was very nervous that I wasn’t going to get it right and I wasn’t going to the right key but again the teachers gave me the strength and said that ‘we will follow you’ and it doesn’t matter if I made a mistake – no one would notice.

The arrival of show night was nerve wracking and it was hard remembering lines and costume changes whilst still staying in character and reacting at the right time but after the first scene I felt the encouragement from the cast and crew. The cast worked hard together to make sure we all shone on stage. They performed so well I felt like I was actually Annie.  The sixth-formers were so nice and it was lovely to work with such talented people because it shows the high standard I can build progress towards.

This experience has been the best and busiest of my life so far. My family, friends (old and new), teachers have all helped me to believe in myself and it shows that to do things well in life you must commit to them completely, believe to receive and when that spotlight shines down on you make sure your smile sparkles! (Thank you Bert Healy) I will treasure my time in Annie forever, thank you.

By Emily Worrall

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