Once again, Mrs. Elaine Pilon and her students of the Marsh Harbour School of Dance have delighted the audience with another first-rate show. The performance of Annie at the Grace Gym on Saturday, June 9 was the sixth in their lineup of performances over the years, others of which have included ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Frozen.’ Both afternoon and evening performances were well attended.
The result of many months of hard work and practice insured a very polished presentation with all of the actors being word perfect and performing with a great deal of confidence.
Not only was this a family-oriented show for all ages to come and enjoy, it was also a show in which several members of various families took part.
The talented sisters Kelsey and Mikayla Marshall anchored the show as Annie and Grace Farrell respectively. Kelsey was perfect as Annie with just the right amount of spunk and love-ability and she gave a very competent performance as did her sister, both of whom have delightful singing voices.
Daphne Doucet [2 PM show] and Sierra Cartwright [7 PM show] both gave outstanding portrayals of the irascible Miss Hannigan. Several other Cartwright family members added their talents as Rooster, the policeman, and one of the orphans.
Another family well-represented was the Bethel family. Young Joshua gave a special presentation on his violin as a street busker while his sister Grace Ann played a sweet orphan, her mother, Rebekah, a street vendor and father, Colin, made a cameo appearance as the wheelchair-bound Pres. Roosevelt.
Daddy Warbucks, played by Christopher Sawyer, deserves special mention. Christopher delivered a very polished performance with great confidence and an excellent singing voice. This was especially remarkable because he had only been able to practice with the cast for one week. He was sent the script and learnt his part while away studying at college in Alabama. He then arrived just before the show and fitted the part like a glove.
All twelve of the little orphans obviously enjoyed their parts, acting convincingly and singing sweetly. They especially loved interacting with Sandy (Surf), Annie’s little dog, a small poodle which stole everyone’s hearts. Sandy did everything she was supposed to do perfectly having been trained by owner Maureen Koepp.
Elaine’s husband, Andre, along with Philip Hall, once again did an excellent job with props, backdrops and stage changes. The sound technicians, Jonathan and Andrew Cartwright also did a superb job, all of them enabling the show to run without a hitch.