Brigg’s Vale Academy’s production of Oliver showed all that is best in a school show.
The musical involved 80 students from Years 7 to 11 and the school’s Showband performed the well-known songs with skill and dexterity; Worlaby Academy and Brigg Primary School, joined the cast to sing ‘Food Glorious Food’.
All the main characters performed with energy and star quality. Joe Callis-Gash played Fagin in a manner that caught the imagination of the audience with his skill and style. Maddie Jackson gave a ‘gritty’ but beautiful characterisation of Nancy. The Year 7 ‘Oliver’, Remi Barker, was expressive but with a hauntingly vulnerable quality.
The comedy created by Mr Bumble (Julian Plunkett) and Widow Corney (Sophie Harsley) created light hearted relief to the menace and ‘evil’ of Bill Sykes performed by Tom Sprakes.
The Vale Academy Showband performed the show’s well-known songs with skill and dexterity, giving exuberance and energy to numbers like ‘Oom pah pah’ and sensitivity to ‘Where is Love’ and ‘When He Needs Me’.
Congratulations to The Vale Academy, who were able to create such a professional show.
Taking lead parts were: Oliver - Remi Barker; Fagan - Joe Callis-Gash; Nancy - Maddie Jackson; Bill Sykes - Tom Sprakes; Mr Bumble - Julian Plunkett; Widow Corney - Sophie Harsley; Mr Sowerberry - Cameron May; Mrs Sowerberry - Melissa Shaw; Noah Claypole - Alex Nightingale; Charlotte - Heather Peers; Victoria - Macey Day; Mr Brownlow - Connor Petch; Mrs Bedwin - Lauren Morris; Dr. Grimwig - Myles Brumby; Old Sally - Jade Rogers.
Fagan’s Gang: Artful Dodger - Oliver Lee; Sneaky Sam - Harry Steggles; Eddie - Cameron May; Nimble Nick - Myles Brumby; Devious Dan - Jacob Rash; Looting Luke - Alex Raithby; Freddie - Kurt Robinson; Burt - Jack Needham; George - Josh Gitsham;
John - Daniel Harsley.