Upton Court Grammar School students wowed audiences by singing and dancing the evenings of Wednesday and Thursday 10/11 February away, performing the musical 'Oliver!' Students of all age groups took part in the show, supported by a live orchestra, a specially constructed stage in the main school hall and home-made costumes.
Staff, students and parents thoroughly enjoyed the production, directed by Music Teacher Chris Mackinlay, with musical direction by head of Music Danny Smyth, and Stage Management by Head of English Traycie Wrycraft.
Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada was particularly proud of the students’ performances, as one of the school’s main priorities is to develop well-rounded youngsters with finely honed skills in both the academic and non-academic dimension. She said “The talent on stage was great to see but so was the commitment of the musicians, the back stage crew and everybody who made the performances a real treat."
The lead role of Oliver was performed by Idris Driver (aged 12) on Wednesday in his first acting role, and Madeleine Tillet (aged 13) on Thursday who studies GCSE Drama and has performed in minor roles previously; when asked about her career goals, she said “I would like to be a writer or perform on a massive stage to a packed audience”.
Picture attached : Idris Driver and Madeleine Tillet who played Oliver (front) with Hannah Lee (aged 16) who played The Artful Dodger, and other cast members.