Last month Ossett Town Hall was ringing out with the wonderful songs by Lionel Bart in his great British musical, Oliver!
This production by The Elizabethans had the most fantastic set, wonderful costumes, sound and lighting plus the most amazing talent. Ossett Town Hall stage was a joy to behold.
The cast led by Fagin, David Hookham, captured the character to perfection and was backed up by a gang of talented children, it was apparent they were enjoying every second.
Ten-year old Alice Schofield played Oliver with such passion and her singing and acting was of the highest order and she was backed up by a cheeky performance by the Artful Dodger played by Hollie Bragg.
Nancy and Bill Sykes, played by Pamela Liley and Richard Oldroyd were well matched and gave very believable performances.
The smaller roles had such strength and depth, Mr Bumble and Widow Corney, Robert Oldroyd and Janet Lodge, brought out the comedy of their roles brilliantly, as did Mr and Mrs Sowerberry, Shirley Cunningham and Sean Milnes.
There were also some great cameo roles by Gabrielle Oldroyd as Bet, Matthew and Kimberley Scott as Noah Claypole and Charlotte, Roy Ellis, Karen Bond and Mark Nightingale as Mr Brownlow, Mrs Bedwin and Dr Grimwig respectively. The chorus were in great voice and each of them portrayed their different characters with aplomb.
Karen Bond, director and Robin Mitchell, choregrapher brought out the best in the cast, as did the musical director, Maureen Boocock, very well supported in the pit by Garth Swift and Brian Pearson. One must also give credit to the back stage crew who ensured that every scene, on an open stage, were changed smoothly.
If there were any losers with this production it was the people of Ossett if they missed such a great show. Please Elizabethans, give us some more.
Chair of Ossett Civic Trust