NOWMADS show takes centre stage

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Since its inception in 1979, Kimberley-based drama group NOWMADS has made giant strides, and its latest production made a lasting impression.

The Nottingham West Music and Drama Society staged a magnificent interpretation of the heart-warming musical, Annie to a packed audience.

Show-stopping performances by dynamic leading lady 10-year-old Mia Hardy, as the outspoken orphan Annie, laid the foundation stones for success.

While Mia was undoubtedly the shining star, superb performances from Hannah Lishman as the inebriated orphanage tyrant Miss Hannigan, and the immense contributions of Daniel De Martino in the role of Daddy Warbucks, the all-powerful billionaire with a heart of gold, were also to be admired.

Alison Reeves, a delight as Warbucks’ faithful secretary Grace Farrell, Tom Bailey and Rachel Charlton, well cast as the conniving fortune hunters Rooster and Lily were additional aces in the NOWMADS pack, not to mention the presence of canine star Missy, who added reality to proceedings.

There was exuberance from a youthful cast, contributions from an accomplished orchestra conducted by John Wilson, and terrific teamwork under the direction of the inspirational Rosemary Lishman.

Sumptuous costumes,slick scene changes and an appealing score, with brilliantly sung renditions of Easy Street, The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow, Maybe, Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile, and Little Girls, added to the enjoyment of this magnificent show.

Set in 1930s New York at the time of the Great Depression this awesome production, one of NOWMADS’ best ever shows, will long be remembered.