High school musical ready for curtain up

Just Regional
Jul 1, 2024 2 mins read

Rehearsals are reaching fever pitch for Aylsham High School’s production of the smash hit musical Oliver!

More than 70 students, from across all year groups in the school, are involved with the show which runs from July 11-13.

The well-known musical tells the story of orphan Oliver Twist and his adventures in the workhouse, and getting caught up with Fagin’s gang of young pickpockets before finding happiness in a friendly home.

The lead role of Oliver will be played by two Year 7 students, Felix Elliott and Ryker Garrard. They will perform in two shows each and, like the rest of the cast, have been hard at work rehearsing and preparing for their roles for several months.

CAST GLORIOUS CAST: Students are getting ready for their production of Oliver!

Every student that auditioned was given a part in the production, which brims with action and brilliant songs such as Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, I’d Do Anything, and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.

This is the high school’s 24th year of musical performances which, in recent years have included, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elf, and My Fair Lady.

Head of drama Tracy Mitton, who is directing and producing the show, said: “I am so impressed by the standard of the students’ work. They are all so dedicated and determined to make the show a huge success.

“The group of staff volunteers are a dream team to work with and it would be impossible without them. Mrs Fordham has been hard at work perfecting the cast’s singing and they are sounding astonishingly good, while Ms Phipps has been in charge of costumes and is really making the actors look their parts!”

There will be four performances in total, three evening shows and one matinee on the Saturday. Tickets can be purchased from the school’s reception every Thursday lunch time 12.35-1pm or via ticketsource.co.uk/ aylsham-high-school

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