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Students wow audiences with performances of popular musical Oliver

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This year students, staff and the local community were treated to rousing interpretation of Oliver by Year 6 pupils at St Matthew’s School.

They told the story of Lionel Bart’s heart-warming tale of orphaned boy Oliver Twist, who goes to London to seek his fortune.

The children sung with gusto and acting to such a professional level. They pulled out all the stops and brought magic to the stage with their confidence and fun. They enjoyed every minute and it showed. The audience were all absolutely immersed in the whole performance and it definitely left them wanting more! 

During each of the four performances the audience were treated to wonderful songs featuring several solos – all accompanied by live music in the form of Becky Price who played not only the piano but her piano accordion and Richard Lucas (Executive Head Teacher) on drums adding to the atmosphere. It really brought the songs to life and added to the ‘old-time feel of the production.

Picture gallery: Khloe Fry

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Costumes, make-up, props and scenery were stunning and all put together by staff and volunteers at the school (along with several visits to the fabulous Cotswold Costumes shop in Nailsworth who are always incredible!)

The school’s wonderful PTA ran a bar  – which was very successful and gave the performances even more of the feeling of a big event.

The whole production was put together and overseen by the Year 6 teacher Miss Haughton. A parent also asked original Oliver star Mark Lester to send the pupils a message wishing them luck with their shows .

Co-directors Sarah Barnfield and Ali Spencer brought their expertise and ‘magic’ in order to really give the children the most enjoyable experience possible.

Speaking after the final show,  Richard Lucas (Executive Head Teacher) said: “This is such a special experience for the children in Year 6 and this year they really excelled themselves.

“Every child contributed – acting, singing, technical, stage management and every role was as important as each other. Our children were incredible and really pulled together, supporting and inspiring each other. Their performances were outstanding and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

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