Oliver to sat­isfy the­atre go­ers

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The next pro­duc­tion be­ing staged by the Toko­roa Lit­tle The­atre is one that’s sure to sat­isfy any hunger be­ing felt by South Waikato the­atre go­ers.

Olly is now well into re­hearsals with the fam­ily ori­ented show due to open on July 5 for a five per­for­mance sea­son.

Writ­ten by long time Lit­tle The­atre per­son­al­ity, Doug Blair, Olly is based loosely on the Charles Dick­ens story Oliver Twist about a young or­phan fac­ing the strug­gles of be­ing a pau­per in Vic­to­rian London.

Blair is di­rect­ing the piece as well as ap­pear­ing in the role of Mr Bum­ble, the work­house pro­pri­etor.

In all, the show in­volves a cast of 23 so­ci­ety mem­bers, 15 youths and 8 adults.

Balir was de­lighted with the stan­dard of the young­sters that turned up to au­di­tion.

‘‘Sev­eral ap­peared in the so­ci­ety’s 2015 pro­duc­tion of Bo Peep but we also have some tal­ented chil­dren ap­pear­ing with us for the first time.

‘‘One such new­comer is Myles Phayer, an 11-year-old from Toko­roa North School, who has been cast as Oliver.’’

Olly is on stage the evenings of July 5, 8 with an af­ter­noon mati­nee on Satur­day July 9. Tick­ets are $10 a seat, with book­ings at Toko­roa Cloth­ing Com­pany.

Olly kicks off on July 5 at the Toko­roa Lit­tle The­atre.

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