‘Unbelievable reaction’ to sell-out musical as pupils queue to take part

Some of the cast of Danum School Technology College's production of Annie.
Some of the cast of Danum School Technology College's production of Annie.
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YOUNGSTERS at a Doncaster school have struck a first on the stage.

Danum School in Intake started a new chapter in its history when it ran a lower school production for the first time, with youngsters taking part in the musical Annie Junior.

And staff were amazed at the level of interest from pupils as they queued up to try to get parts in the show.

Emily Beggs, the schools key stage three co-ordinator for drama, said: “We had 120 students audition and had to whittle that down to 50 in the final cast.

“It is the first time we’ve ever done a lower school production and it was just pupils in years seven to nine.

“I only started here in September and there had not been anything like this for the lower school, so I decided to do the brave thing and put a show on.

“It was an absolutely unbelievable reaction when we announced we’d be doing a stage production.

“It proved really popular and it was an absolute sell out. We had to put in an extra 50 seats for the production on the Wednesday.

“After this, I’m sure we will be doing something next year too.”

Many of those who did not get parts on stage took back stage roles.

But there was no need for a back stage job for Year 9 youngster Levi Wilby - she landed the star role of Annie in the production, a shortened version of the famous Broadway musical about a young orphan.

It features famous songs such as Tomorrow and It’s a Hard Knock Life but lasts 90 minutes instead of over three hours for the full version.

Other major roles went to Year 8 pupil Daniel Cooke, who played Mr Warbucks, and Year 9 pupil Lois Warttam, who played Miss Hannigan.

In all there were 120 youngsters involved in some way, either as part of the stage crew, doing costumes or helping with make-up.

Emily added: “I thought they had talent and when I first started the drama group I was getting 100 pupils each week. I was astonished by the enthusiasm they had.”