Orphan Annie led by a team of Taranaki teachers

You can bet your bottom dollar that Annie will wow audiences when it opens in Hawera next month.

The Broadway musical is being staged by Hawera Repertory Society and it’s led by four talented Taranaki teachers.

The musical trio of Shaun Campbell (director) Charles Pittams (musical director) and Shane Burgess (vocal coach) has been busy pushing the cast to new musical highs.

They’ve been joined by another fellow teacher – dance teacher Michelle Glover is the choreographer for the show.

In the past Campbell has directed Beauty and the Beast and Little Shop of Horrors for Hawera Repertory, and he says having both adults and children in the cast is something he is enjoying.

Campbell, who is the head of music at Hawera High, says having two children playing Annie, as well as two sets of orphans, meant more children could be involved in top quality theatre.

Pittams is a former music teacher who has been involved in theatre for more than 50 years, while Burgess has his own vocal studio and teaches music and te reo at Tawhiti School.

Burgess came up with idea to do Annie and he convinced the Hawera Repertory committee to the produce the show.

Glover says teaching adults dance is quite different from teaching her younger students, but she is enjoying the different approach that musical theatre requires.