Standing ovation for Nailsea performers

PUBLISHED: 11:15 23 December 2010

Abi Tallamy as Nancy and Will Morrissey as Bill Sykes in Nailsea Schools production of Oliver.

Abi Tallamy as Nancy and Will Morrissey as Bill Sykes in Nailsea Schools production of Oliver.

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Standing ovation for Nailsea performers

The cast of Oliver at Nailsea School.

MORE than 700 people packed into Nailsea School to watch the students’ production of popular musical Oliver.

The cast have been working on the musical since September and received a standing ovation on each night.

Musical director Lynda Perkins said: “The students were amazing. I was delighted with the performances. It was great to see over 100 students working so well together from year seven to year 13. It was a really rewarding experience working with them.”

Talented pupils threw themselves into the wonderful Dickens characters including cheeky Oliver and caring Nancy - both of whom sang their solo’s beautifully.

The greedy, but loveable rogue Fagin dominated the stage with amazing presence and immaculate comic timing and there was an impressive, assured performance by an 11-year-old year seven student as mischievous Dodger.

The big numbers like Consider Yourself and Oom Pah Pah got the crowd joining in, accompanied by the staff and pupils which formed the live band.

There was even a special appearance from a student’s dog, called Bill Sykes who played Bullseye in the show.

Students were heavily involved behind the scenes and helped contribute to seamless scene changes, costumes and make-up, visuals and sound.

Headteacher David New said: “The quality of the production exceeded all expectations. I was so proud of the students and staff involved. The maturity that was shown as the cast worked the audience thoroughly deserved the standing ovation they received.” Nailsea School would like to thank local estate agents Hunter Leahy, Find Your Talent and various local businesses for the financial support that helped to make the project a reality.


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