„BiH got Annie“: McCann Sarajevo participated in preparing hit musical play „Annie“ for children and grown-ups
McCann Sarajevo has participated, with great pleasure, in designing and implementation of project Annie, first Bosnian & Herzegovinian professional musical play for children and grown-ups, in cooperation with Institute for music, theatre and multimedia (iMTM) and National Theatre of Sarajevo. After several months of rehearsals, it has successfully debuted on two dates, on 3rd and 4th of June.
„For several months we have worked on production and promotion of this play and we are glad that we had two amazing nights of its performance in crowded National Theatre. For us this wasn’t a typical project. We have invested great effort, but working with children is always satisfying by itself, and seeing happiness on faces of all participants and audience had given us additional satisfaction. We are pleased that beside its cultural significance, a whole new generation of children educated in field of musical theatre has been formed through their involvement in this play. Also this story gave us great opportunity to organize different types of help for abandoned children, said Vesna Vlašić Jusupović, Managing Director of McCann Sarajevo.
During preparation of Annie we have cooperated with Center Duga Art from Center for children without parental care located in Kulen Vakuf. Anyone that came to see the musical had an opportunity to buy children's picture book „Moon fairy tale“ in Theatre's foyer. By selling it, Center's Foundation (publisher of “Moon fairy tale”) raised a significant amount of money for its residents.
„Working on this musical we have initiated a campaign aimed to help this Center that cares about newborns and children up to 6 year age. I hope that after all these symbolic actions, we will be able to connect even more in future, points out Alma Ferović Fazlić, director of iMTM.
Musical adaptation of hit story about 10 year old orphan girl Annie, directed by Riad Ljutović has gathered great number of 70 participants. Besides professional vocalists of the National Theatre Opera, the cast was made of attendees of iMTM, students of Academy of Performing Arts, and young stars in main roles, children from 3 till 14 years age selected in process of auditions.
„By working with children on this musical I have spiritually gained a lot. In my opinion we have very perspective generation of young artists. That's why future of theatre should be musical theatre“, revealed Jasmin Bašić, vocalists of the National Theatre Opera, who played Oliver Warbucks role.
In Annie’s role on first night shined young girl Asja Čamdžić, while on second premiere, audience was impressed with fabulous Amina Bilalbegović, in the same role. With the rest of the team, they have told the story about cruel life in orphanage, but also about their great friendship, love and solidarity, which are the reasons why this musical has a happy ending. All songs on the stage have been performed live, and biggest applause received songs “It's the hard knock life" and "We got Annie".
Although this play is comedy full of colourfulness, considering its main theme (life in orphanage), it raises important question to its viewers: how do orphans really live in B&H.
“We cannot allow ourselves to forget that this is a story about orphans, and I am sure that it has deeply touched everyone that has seen it. Although this is very serious topic, through which we want to remind public about existence of this category of children, it isn’t communicated as severe social story. I am sure that it will be gladly watched musical“, pointed director Riad Ljutović.
First revival performances are planned for September. This time on stage of the National Theatre in role of Annie will be third girl, Aja Saračević Mijatović.