Parents, Grandparents, family and friends in the audience for the Dixie Grammar School’s production of Annie were treated to the ‘best show yet’ put on by the school, according to Headmaster Mr Richard Lynn. With performances from 16-18 March the show was a sell-out success and showcased some remarkable musical and acting talent as well as a great whole-school spirit. From cast to crew, scenery to front of house, the band to sound and lighting, over 80 students were involved in the production, 27 members of staff, 2 former students, 2 parents and a dog! All students rose to the occasion and a number are already heavily involved in music or theatre, which helped give a professional edge to the performance as a whole. Kyla Burton (Year 10), who performs out of school and is looking to pursue performing later in life, wowed the audience in her role as Annie and Upper Sixth Former Harry Campion’s portrayal of Rooster gave audiences a glimpse of his potential as he awaits call backs from a number of institutions to allow him to pursue acting after his A levels this summer. Lower Sixth Former Lauren Nicholls, who played in the orchestra as well as playing the role of a ‘star to be’ attends the Junior Academy of the Royal Academy of Music in London and her sister Catherine Nicholls (Year 10), who played percussion, attends Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School. Headmaster Mr Richard Lynn congratulated all staff and students involved for their remarkable efforts, commenting, “Shows such as Annie, which involve the vast majority of our school community, represent some of the most memorable moments of a student’s time at school. At the beginning of the academic year I reminded students that they will reap what they sow – with Annie, the sowing started months ago and the result was one of the most impressive shows in the school’s history”.