On Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July, audiences were treated to a fantastic performance of Annie Jr! from students at Tunku Putra School (TPS). Held on campus, the performance was a feast of song, dance, fabulous acting and colourful costume, set and scenery. Directed and choreographed by Angela Williams, Head of Creative and Performing Arts at TPS, the cast were led through rehearsals, aided by George Tan, Musical Director, over several months leading up to the busy weekend of performances.
Amongst the amazing performances, the cast was headed up by Alvira Amalia, playing the lead role as Annie, the feisty orphan intrepidly searching for her parents. Other main characters such as Miss Hannigan, played by Sharifah Afra Arijah and Grace Farrell, played by Sharifah Nuralwiah Ahmad Alsree were particularly praised for their acting and singing. Newcomer to the big stage was Hanif Arip who meticulously portrayed the role of billionaire Oliver Warbucks, giving an excellent performance of the determined character. Warbucks, in the story, is so taken by Annie, he tries to help Annie find her parents, only to adopt her in the end. Other notable performances were by Daniel Wee (as the devious Rooster), Keesha Lau (as his floozy girlfriend Lily St Regis) and Claire Chua (as Sandy the Dog and Star-to-Be). Congratulations should go to the whole cast for their wonderful performances across the weekend.
Ms Angela said “It is such a pleasure and an honour to have the opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of children, who can really rise to the occasion and use their talents with such engaged determination. The students at TPS are challenged to bring their abilities to the stage and they certainly are not afraid to show the world what they are capable of. I am so proud of their achievements this week, and over the past few months during preparations, they truly have worked as a team to help bring this performance together”.
Mr Phang, Acting Principal of TPS said “We are all so very proud of our students and the level of resilience and commitment they have shown in producing Annie Jr! There were many excellent performances, and every child gave their best every night. It was wonderful to see them bringing such talent and energy to our stage. Well done everyone!”
“With such a wide age range in the cast (the youngest performer was 8 years old and the oldest, 17), it truly was a whole school opportunity, and the students can’t wait to get started on the next one. Make sure you keep an eye out for next year’s production as we are sure it will be just as good!”