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Rosemary Westwell , Review: Witchford Village College’s production of ‘Oliver’ on March 20
Friday, March 21, 2014
Witchford Village College presented a magnificent production of ‘Oliver’ last night.
It was amazing to see so many talented, hard-working students present such a first-rate, highly entertaining show that has so many familiar characters and songs.
The professionalism of the cast was particularly noticeable – coping perfectly with the slight interruption caused by a power cut in the whole village. We hardly noticed it.
The singing was accomplished, the voices pure, well- pitched and placed – very easy on the ear - - there was none of the strained shouting that many pop singers indulge in these days.
The acting was fantastic – especially by the renowned Fagin (played by Alex Gordon) and the story was cleverly shaped to give us an authentic, moving show every bit as good the others I have seen.
Oliver (played by Imogen Arthur) exemplified innocence. Mr. Bumble (Aiden Roe) and Widow Corney (Kimberleigh Hewson) formed a right controlling pair.
The Artful Dodger (Alfie Hiller) was a cheeky lad wise beyond his years, while Bill Sykes (Luke Scott) was every bit the cruel villain with his loyal Nancy (Gabrielle Le Roux) finding it very difficult to break free from their turbulent relationship.
The remaining cast were also strong, believable characters: Mr Sowerberry (Luke Higginson), Mrs. Sowerberry (Lauren Tufnell), Charlotte (Sophie Barham), Noah Claypole (Joe Gillet), Bet (Emma Little), Mr Brownlow (Skye Humbert), Mrs Bedwin and Old Sally (Jaimee Tuck) and Dr Grimwig (Joshua Taylor). The Workhouse Boys, Fagin’s Gang and Londoners were splendid.
If there must be a highlight, the one for me was Fagin’s ‘Reviewing the situation’ – absolutely marvellous.
Director Lisa Barker, Musical Director Charles Benson and team are to be congratulated for such a wonderful night’s entertainment. Book me in for the next show!