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The sun came out during BSK’s production of Annie
December 17, 2017, 1:26 pm

The British School of Kuwait (BSK) has successfully completed a run of three highly entertaining performances of Annie, one of America’s most beloved musicals. BSK played host to performances by the secondary pupils in a production directed by Miss Cliodhna McAleer with music direction by Miss Elizabeth Lomas.

Abandoned in an orphanage at birth, and cruelly mistreated by its owner, Miss Hannigan (Njood Alajmi), Annie (Aya Hussain) is rescued by lonely billionaire Oliver Warbucks (Antarip Kashyap). Leaving her best friend Molly (Salma El Koragaty) in the orphanage, Annie joins Warbucks and his personal secretary Grace (Naomi Pereira) at his mansion. After befriending Annie, Warbucks offers $50,000 in reward money to help locate Annie’s real parents and this is an opportunity for Miss Hannigan’s brother Rooster (Rafik Akhras) and his wife Lilly (Wasmiya Ashour) to attempt to swindle Warbucks out of the reward money. Strong performances were in abundance, with students growing into their characters and bringing the play to life, ensuring that the younger members of the audience were held captivated for the duration of the show.

All thirty members of the cast were required to sing, dance and act whilst the technical crew of ten had scenery and props to manage for multiple scenes. Annie was an overwhelming success if indeed success is measured by the patently obvious enjoyment shown by the audience, cast and crew. All students involved grew visibly in confidence and experience during rehearsals and particularly during the three performances. Taking to the stage is a most testing and rewarding platform, but a vitally important responsibility of the arts to prepare BSK students fully for life beyond school. Once you are on the stage it is likely that you’ll be out of your comfort zone; “Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.” (Rodney Dangerfield, 1921-2004 American stand-up comedian, actor, producer and writer.)

BSK is exceptionally proud of the achievements of all the students involved and are looking forward with anticipation to the secondary production next year which will take place during the first week of December. 

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