Oliver Twist Production Review

 

Lional Bart’s adaptation of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist stomped onto the stage at Kings’ School recently, full of energy, fun and cheer! With over 100 actors, singers, dancers and musicians, our hugely talented cast, aged between 11 – 15, have shown incredible commitment and dedication over the last 20 weeks, recreating well-known musical numbers and engaging characters for a sell-out audience.

Abbey Warren recreated the strong and spirited Nancy, naturally portraying the warm-hearted London girl whose kindness is stopped short by the sinister and brutish Bill Sykes, played by Freddie Scott. Jacob Love created a manipulative, sly Fagin with a cunning heart and thirst for all that sparkles, which compliments the cheeky and energetic misdemeanours of Zeth Franco in the role of the Artful Dodger. The title role is a very physical one for any child, as Oliver is kidnapped, threatened, locked in a coffin and so on. Alfie Stokes gave a touching and engaging performance in the lead role as we saw him take on Vincent Brown’s interpretation of the formidable Mr Bumble in well-known numbers including Food Glorious Food as well as Consider Yourself, Oom Pah Pah and many more. The entire cast worked with professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm.

Poverty crime and grime were at the heart of this production, with a stunning set by M3 Productions, over 200 costume changes, created by costume designer Jenni Sundheim and a live band performed by our very own pupils. As the audience were swept along on a journey through the streets of Victorian London, there was an ominous sense of the battle between good and bad in an action-packed, thrilling show with just the right amount of audience interaction to engage and entertain.

The Drama and Music departments were delighted to have had the opportunity to host such a fantastic production! Our pupils applied themselves with maturity rising to every challenge they have been set. It has been a wonderful experience, working alongside a huge number of incredibly supportive pupils, staff & parents to host this spectacle. Our pupils are a real credit to themselves and Kings’ School.

 

Below are press releases from the Newspapers

Hampshire Chronicle

Winchester Today

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