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Double award delight for Haverhill drama group




Annie (Dara Bevan) gets a lift from fellow cast member Josh Woodgate during the Centre Stage Company's rehearsals for Annie ANL-150519-155807001
Annie (Dara Bevan) gets a lift from fellow cast member Josh Woodgate during the Centre Stage Company's rehearsals for Annie ANL-150519-155807001

With their new musical Annie about to hit the boards, Haverhill’s Centre Stage Company are celebrating a double success - and creating a new record - at a top regional awards ceremony.

The company won Best Play for 2014 for Frankenstein, directed by David Hart and Best Musical for 2014 for The Producers, directed by Chris Lines during the NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) East region awards.

A delighted Kelly Mepham, from Centre Stage, said: “We have previously received Best Play for Blithe Spirit, but this was some years ago, but have never won Best Musical, so to say we’re delighted would be an understatement! “Centre Stage strives to deliver productions of the highest standard possible, and winning these awards is a great achievement, and shows our dedication to providing the town with some top quality live entertainment.”

Annie, directed by David Hart, runs from Tuesday, June 2 to Saturday 6, with two shows on the Saturday and has a cast of more than 50, with two teams of orphans and two Annies (Amber Brewster and Dara Bevan).

To buy a ticket call Haverhill Arts Centre box office on 01440 71414

Of their production of Annie, Kelly added: “We had a fantastic turnout for the orphan auditions, and they are absolutely brilliant.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had a cast of children as strong as these and the production team are very proud of how hard they’ve all worked and the dedication they’ve shown.

“This will be the third time the group has performed Annie, but this production uses the newly revised Broadway script, with a brand new staging, so it’ll have a freshness about it.

“David Hart has worked hard to create a realistic impression of how bleak the US Depression was at that time, which provides a great contrast to the well known sugar sweet scenes.”

The principle adult roles are; Mr Warbucks; Steve Murray. Grace; Lorraine Mason. Miss Hannigan; Kelly Mepham. Rooster; Paul Gardiner. Lily; Jane Baillee. President Roosevelt; Andy Letcher.



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