THEATRE RE­VIEW Glo­ri­ous cast serve up clas­sic stage treat

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

OLIVER is a muchloved show, fun for both per­form­ers and au­di­ence alike, and Bolling­ton Light Opera Group’s pro­duc­tion of the clas­sic did not dis­ap­point.

A rous­ing open­ing of “Food Glo­ri­ous Food” from the ex­u­ber­ant youth cho­rus set the high stan­dard, up­held by Tavis Hill’s ex­cel­lent singing as Mr Bum­ble and He­len Valen­tine’s comic tim­ing as Widow Cor­ney.

Young Sam Tapp in the tit­u­lar role was so well cast; the in­no­cence of the char­ac­ter shone through, and his ren­di­tion of “Where is Love” was very spe­cial. In con­trast Chris Crox­ford gave us a con­fi­dent, swag­ger­ing Dodger, with strong singing and a well-sus­tained cock­ney ac­cent, fol­lowed by a tremen­dous per­for­mance from Richard Comish as Fa­gin – the char­ac­ter­isa- tion, ac­cent and singing were ex­actly what an au­di­ence might hope to see. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all three.

The adult en­sem­ble was also very strong and well­chore­ographed through­out; their en­joy­ment in per­form­ing the cho­rus num­bers, in­clud­ing “Oom pah pah” and “Who Will Buy” was quite in­fec­tious.

The lead­ing lady Stephanie Evans played the tragic Nancy well, suit­ably care­free among friends, yet anx­ious and down­trod­den in the com­pany of Craig Har­ris’s men­ac­ing Bill Sykes. I was some­what dis­tracted by Nancy’s wig, a strange style choice which in my view didn’t suit the char­ac­ter par­tic­u­larly well; an un­for­tu­nate anom­aly in an oth­er­wise ex­tremely well-cos­tumed pro­duc­tion.

This Dick­ens’ tale seeks to re­mind us of the con­trast­ing for­tunes of life, and the Di­rec­tors cer­tainly achieved this is their pleas­ing ver­sion of the stage play. The pure joy of the mu­si­cal num­bers was per­fectly bal­anced with the bleak­ness of the orig­i­nal story, mak­ing this a well-rounded and thor­oughly en­joy­able pro­duc­tion.

Al­to­gether a great af­ter­noon in the newly re­fur­bished Civic Hall - I’m look­ing for­ward to “Show­time” in Novem­ber. by Claire Bowen @bowen­re­views

Scenes from the Bolling­ton Light Opera Group’s pro­duc­tion of Oliver!


●● Sam Tapp was out­stand­ing in the lead­ing role

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