Countdown to stage musical Oliver in Cromer

Cromer and Sheringham Operatic Society celebrates its centenary with a spectacular musical version of Lionel Bart’s Oliver this weekend.

Cromer Pavilion will burst into life with much loved songs from the show, backed by a strong cast complete with stunning sets and costumes.

The award winning company promises to deliver one of the most exciting productions in it’s 100 year history after Months of hard work.

The family show will be performed from Saturday May 24-Saturday May 31.

It will feature 40 children and the crooked gang leader Fagin is played by Nick Bird, from Fakenham. Superb make up, including nose putty conjures up a very convincing character and will be one to look out for.

In the 1968 movie version the unmistakable Ron Moody, who was previously playing the charcter on stage, set the mould for years to come.

Although portrayed somewhat humorously, Fagin is nonetheless a self-confessed miser who, despite the wealth he has acquired over the years from the work of others, does very little to improve the squalid lives of the children he takes in

The Artful Dodger is played by Jack Jarvis and Nancy is played by local songbird Claire Reynolds. There is also another Artful Dodger, William Daniels, who takes turns with Jack to portray the cheeky cockney lad.

Other characters to look out for are The Sowerberry Family – (Nona Gray, Robin Taylor and Yvonne Kidd) plus Noah Claypole – (Neil Robertson) Oliver (Noah Vigor) Mrs Bedwin (Janet Nightingale) and Bet (Selina White)

The evil Bill Sykes is played by Gary Clifton who will have you on the edge of your seats.

Director of the show is Amanda Howell, choreographer is Carol Beatty and musical director is Posy Walton. Rehearsals have been relentless to detail and dance routines beautifully arranged.

As part of the centenary, proceeds from the show will go towards the Cromer-based charity About With Friends, which teaches work skills to adults and young people with learning disabilities.

Tickets cost £9.50, £13, and £14.

Shows will be held at 7.30pm and 2.30pm matinee shows will be on May 25, 26 and 31.

To book call 01263 512495 or visit www.cromer-pier.com

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