On 12th-14th June, The Burgess Hill Academy Music Department entertained audiences with a production of Annie, the popular musical based upon the Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The original Broadway production opened in 1977 and ran for nearly six years. The musical spawned numerous productions in many countries, as well as national tours. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" are among its most popular musical numbers.
The packed audience of parents, students, guests including ex-members of staff and governors were joined by the Mayor of Burgess Hill, Roger Cartwright and Mid-Sussex District Council Chairman Elect, Councillor Colin Trumble.
This will be the last musical worked on by Mike Wood. Mike retired from teaching last summer when he announced his retirement during what had been his 86th concert. “It is fitting therefore that my last major project with the department I have worked in all my teaching career should be a musical production. The cast have been fantastic and the enthusiasm and excitement generated by so many hard working students will be a lovely memory to take with me.” Mike Wood.
“Hannah Frean, Tom Kirkby and Harry Greatorex did such an amazing job in making the production happen. There was a standing ovation on all three nights. The students were such stars and I am very proud of the hard work and talent that was on show. Mike Wood has had such an impact on so many lives and his passion for music has not dimmed over the years. We will miss him and wish him well for the future.” Jon Francies, Principal.