The cast of the upcoming production of Oliver the Musical at Alnwick Playhouse are hard at work preparing for opening night .
Nineteen children from schools across Northumberland will be taking on lead roles or joining the chorus line in Alnwick Stage Musical Society’s next production and for many of them it is their first time on stage.
Lynne Lambert, director of the show, said: “Whilst rehearsals have been hard work, it’s been rewarding to see performances develop.
“I’m delighted with the children’s effort and enthusiasm over the last five months and hope they enjoy being part of a major production alongside the adults in our Society”.
The two young stars, Aidan Stuart, 10, who plays Oliver, and Isaac Mills, 14, who plays the Artful Dodger, explain what it’s like being in the well-known musical.
Isaac said: “So far it has been great fun. There is a lot to remember as I have quite a lot of lines to learn as well as songs and dances to perform.
“Aidan is doing a great job. I have told him what to expect when you are performing in front of an audience and that nothing quite beats the feeling of being on the stage at the Playhouse. I guess that is why, as Oliver says, I keep coming back for more.”
Isaac has a long list of productions under his belt. He first stepped on stage in The Jungle Book at the age of nine.
Since then he has performed with the Youth Theatre Group in Bugsy Malone and Big Trouble at Little Rock. One of his major roles was Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof.
This budding young actor has been helping new boy Aidan find his feet as he steps up to the role of Oliver. It is the first time Aidan has appeared on stage.
Aidan said he couldn’t believe it when he got the role.
“It is a big part, but I am really enjoying the rehearsals,” he said.
“Isaac has helped me a lot as he has done so many productions. All the cast have been very supportive, especially Fagin and Nancy, although Bill Sykes can be a little scary at times.”
Alnwick Stage Musical Society brings this hugely popular musical to the Playhouse stage next month.
With memorable songs including Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and Where Is Love?, the show is a family favourite.
The story is based on young orphan Oliver Twist, destined to a life in the work house until he is thrown into the turmoil of 19th century London, where he becomes involved with Fagin, a conniving career criminal, who takes in homeless children and teaches them to pick pockets for him.
The tale unfolds as Oliver goes to work for Fagin on the streets of London with The Artful Dodger.
Nancy, who becomes fond of Oliver, tries to help him, in order to prevent him from having the life she herself has endured, until fate once more takes a hand.
Performances are March 18 until March 22 at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee on March 21 and 22. Tickets start at £8.