Youth theatre brings Annie to Porthcawl

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Fresh from the success of productions such as “The Vackees” and “Fiddler on the Roof”, the Bridgend Youth Theatre (BYT) is back with their production of Annie Jr.

It is based on the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charmin, and book by Thomas Meehan.

Set in the 1930s, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl living in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

Her heart-wrenching situation changes dramatically when she meets the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. The musical includes songs ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’ among its most popular musical numbers.

The BYT’s artistic director, Roger Burnell, has nothing but praise for the upcoming production – “The young performers have, yet again, been fully committed to the creative process. Parents will be justifiably proud.

“The sheer joy they display throughout the workshops has been a pleasure to behold. Many thanks go to all the tutors for having given them the confidence to grow and to flourish.”

The show’s lead role of ‘Annie’ will be played by new members, Megan Prance and Millie Healey. The cast is 160-strong, from ages three to 16!

Their performance will be directed by Shelley Rees Owen and Annie Davies.

Entering its 19th year, BYT is an established award-winning theatre company, which as won several BAFTAs through it’s partnership with It’s My Shout Productions Ltd. The youth group offers many experiences in theatre, film and television and most recently dance.

Through such experiences, it is easy to see why many ’BYT graduates’ go on to work in the industry on a regular basis.

The show is at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion on Friday, June 2, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, and on Saturday, June 3 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

The box office is 01656 815995 or visit

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