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Authorised by K. Mousley, Electoral Commissioner
The Riverland Musical Society's
2014 production of ANNIE
premiered at the Bonney Theatre,
in Barmera, on the weekend.
Well-known Riverland woman
SALLY GOODE has provided the
following review for The Murray
Pioneer. The show continues over
the next two weekends.
Annie, this year's production for
the Riverland Musical Society,
showcases the amazing talents of
another generation of young singers
Annie is the story of a young
orphan living in an orphanage
under the tyrannical rule of Miss
Hannigan. Annie is chosen to spend
Christmas with a billionaire, Oliver
Warbucks, and he is so taken with
her that he decides to help Annie
by finding her parents.
Enter fraudsters Rooster and Lily
who try to wheedle $50,000 out
of Warbucks by posing as Annie's
parents. They are quickly exposed
and Annie lives happily ever after
with Oliver Warbucks and his staff,
and Sandy, the dog she rescued dur-
ing one of her orphanage escapes.
The musical director, Karyn
Skewes, with her keyboard has cre-
ated a wonderful variety of sounds
and more than supports the high-
quality chorus singing.
The show has two sets of chil-
dren in lead roles, and on opening
night the Red Team with Cie-Ayn
Wild as Annie was on stage. Cie-
Ayn has an amazingly powerful
voice, and great stage presence.
She played the part of Annie
to perfection -- no stumbles with
her dialogue or her singing, a thor-
oughly believable characterisation.
Another stand-out orphan was
Halina Kudra, playing the role of
Molly. Halina, one of the youngest
in the show, performed with enthu-
siasm, clarity and volume.
Miss Hannigan, the despot in
charge of the orphanage, with a
drinking problem, was portrayed
by Minyon Freeman. Stumbling
around the stage, hip flask always
in her hand she was both funny and
Her words were always clear,
and delivered with a fine sense of
comedic timing. Her singing was
strong and confident.
An interesting change was the
role of Sandy the dog -- played
by Kiana Rundell. Beautifully kit-
ted out in a dog suit, she played a
very believable dog, complete with
the occasional scratching.
The set constructed by Ed Cot-
tam was a triumph of ingenious
folding doors to change scenes in
moments, and added the interest
of two levels to the stage. Scene
changes were smooth, silent and
Other principal roles, ideally
cast, were Rooster and Lily, the con
couple. Rooster, played by Mac
Grummet, and Lily his girlfriend,
played by the talented Kylie Lox-
ton, ensured the song Easy Street
would be a show stopper. Rooster,
Lily and Miss Hannigan together
were outstanding in this number.
Oliver Warbucks is a larger than
life avuncular character and Mick
Kelly fitted the role like a glove.
His fine baritone voice was another
highlight of the show.
Whenever Toby Skewes has a
role in a production, laughs
are guaranteed. As a member of
President Roosevelt's staff, his
exuberant dance around the Oval
Office, together with his off-key
singing (not easy for someone who
can actually sing) brought the house
This production of Annie has
strong characters in the key roles,
and has been well cast, and very
The costumes are entirely
appropriate -- not intrusive but
convincingly period and well
planned. The orphans are crisply
rehearsed, performed strong dance
routines and maintained their char-
acterisation throughout the show.
As choreographer, Rosie Clark
has devised beautifully executed
This RMS production of Annie
is great entertainment for both
adults and children. Definitely
worth a trip to Barmera to see it.
Note: An error appeared in last
Friday's Murray Pioneer article
headed 'Tomorrow only a day
away for Annie cast'.
The story stated that tickets
could be purchased by phoning
8586 8000. The correct phone
number for the Chaffey Theatre is
in fact 8586 1800.
Riverland Musical Society production well worth the trip to Barmera...
Annie a showcase of local talent
Some of the Riverland's best creative talent is on show in this year's Riverland Musical Society production,
Annie. Pictured are the cast members who play Annie's fellow orphans.
PHOTO: Italo Vardaro
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