The talented cast and crew of Morecambe Community High School set the bar high last year with their faultless performance of ‘Chicago’.
This year they managed to meet the same lofty standard with Oliver!
While the two musicals are very different, the enthusiastic team met this year’s challenge with similar energy, and a level of ability that many adult amateur, even professional shows would envy.
Over three nights, including a sold-out Friday, the cast transported the audience back to Dickens’ London.
The stream of classic songs like ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket of Two’ just kept on coming.
The cast was underpinned by a group of sixth formers who have been mainstays in the principal roles in Morecambe High musicals.
Friday night was an emotional time for Amy Lawton (Mrs Sowerberry), Molly Wilson (Widow Corney), Talia Riding (Mr Sowerberry), Owen Lambert (Mr Bumble), Ellie Cozens (Fagin) and Kieran Robson (Bill Sikes) as this was their final performance before leaving the school and a part of their young lives they have obviously loved.
But they leave the annual musical in capable hands, as younger pupils Joe Parkin (Oliver), Dale Lambert (The Artful Dodger) and Phoebe Carr (Nancy) all stepped up and performed impressively.
By the end of each performance, the audience was clapping and cheering with gusto, thoroughly entertained by what unfolded before them.
The success of the musicial was very much a team effort and great credit must go to the entire cast and the efforts of the backstage team too, led by director Mr Casson, assisted by Miss Wright and former pupil Sophie Butler.
Mr Parker was musical director and Mrs Dalgleish was producer.