VIDEO: Opening night of Annie Junior at Skegness Academy

Dreams came true for students at Skegness Academy when the curtains rose on the opening night of their production of Annie Junior.

Holly Manson, who took the lead role, had been telling her teachers for years that she wanted to play the part of the 11-year-old from the Great Depression, whose one hope was to leave New York Municipal Orphanage and find her parents.

Holly Manson in the lead role of Annie in the Skegness Academy production. ANL-160122-104802001

Holly Manson in the lead role of Annie in the Skegness Academy production. ANL-160122-104802001

Last night, Holly and a cast of 60 children showed the audience what a talented group of young people they are.

It would be unfair to single any of them out - some were seasoned performers with ambitions of a career in performing arts and others shone through their enthusiasm to be in a musical that was first staged in its original form on Broadway.

Kate Walker, head of performing arts, said she was proud of all the cast and everyone involved in the show, including the 60 children from Years 7 to 14 and members of staff.

She said: “We’ve been rehearsing two nights a week since October. There has been lots of blood, sweat and tears on our part and the children’s part. The parents have also supported us and allowed us to have their lovely children.”

Catch the second performance of Annie at Skegness Academy tonight at 7pm.

* See the Skegness Standard for review and more pictures.