It’s a hard knock life, but show’s a cracker

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Jonathan Ged­des

West Coats Pri­mary pupils were burst­ing into song re­cently as they per­formed a clas­sic mu­si­cal.

The school’s Mu­si­cal Theatre Club sang tunes like To­mor­row and It’s The Hard Knock Life as they per­formed An­nie to a warm re­cep­tion from friends and family.

The clas­sic Broad­way show is about 11-year-old An­nie, who’s stuck in an or­phan­age run by the hor­ri­ble Miss Han­ni­gan and is try­ing to find her par­ents.

And the West Coats kids brought the show to the stage in style, per­form­ing on two nights.

De­pute Head Teacher Jacqueline McInnes felt the show was a tri­umph.

She said: “Our Mu­si­cal Theatre Club runs al­most all year and was es­pe­cially well at­tended this ses­sion which al­lowed for a lengthy cast list.

“The chil­dren ex­celled in their roles and we all mar­velled at how they could sing, dance and re­mem­ber all of the words as well as cre­ate such a va­ri­ety of char­ac­ters.

“The club is run by a num­ber of mem­bers of staff – Mrs Telfer, Mrs Jack, Mrs Richard­son and Mrs Crozier who all bring their own par­tic­u­lar tal­ents to mo­ti­vate the chil­dren when prac­tis­ing.

“One of our ex pupils, Katie Scott, who is now in 4th year at Cathkin High re­turns ev­ery year to help with re­hearsals at the af­ter school club.

“The end pro­duc­tion is a real team ef­fort with the art work and scenery cre­ated by Miss Bar­rie, our P4 teacher, and fin­ished off by the chil­dren of P4 and 5.

“The two evening shows were highly ap­pre­ci­ated by the au­di­ences and credit goes to our chil­dren for their hard work, com­mit­ment and sense of en­joy­ment that shone through­out their per­for­mances.”

Show-stop­pers The cast of An­nie

Wak­ing Up Millie Ni­choll, Maisie Ste­wart and Em­i­lie O’Raw in Miss Han­ni­gan’s home

Lead­ing Roles Ava Cochrane as An­nie and Char­lie Berry as Bert Healy.

Young Stars Amy Camp­bell as Miss Han­ni­gan and some of the or­phans from the show

On Song Matthew Sem­ple as Daddy War­bucks and some of the cast

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