Truro High School pupils prepare to perform Oliver!
Featuring the school orchestra, a large cast, a dog puppet inspired by the stage production of Warhorse and some wonderful singers and actors, the ambitious production hopes to convey an urban environment that mixes old Truro with old London and is influenced by famous graffiti artist Banksy.
Recycled plastic bags have been used as costume to show the trash of the streets and a new character, mini Fagin, played by Eugenie Nevin , 11, has been introduced to add a touch of comedy.
Open Mic finalist Maisie Tooley, 16, from Padstow, is taking the role of Nancy and, with her spine-tingling voice, is likely to cause a few moistened eyes when she sings As Long As He Needs Me. Other main parts are being played by Lowenna Ovens, 13, as Oliver, Bryher Flanders, 18, as Fagin, Emily Elwell-Deighton, 13, as the Artful Dodger and Ezeld Tom, 15, as Bill Sykes.
The musical is being produced and directed by Truro High’s Head of Drama Ian Tutin, a recent Masters graduate from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
“The girls have been working very hard at rehearsals and are excited about the show,” said Mr Tutin. “The standard of performance is incredibly high and I’m confident audiences will thoroughly enjoy the production.”
Performances are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased for the school reception on 01872 272830 and cost £6 for adults and £4 for children and OAPs.