Youngsters are ready for glorious show
BUDDING thespians have been preparing for months to put on a classical and colourful musical.
Seventy Humberston Academy students are excited and nervous to perform Oliver at the school from Monday to Thursday, March 21 at 7.30pm.
Since October, students have been learning their lines and honing their acting skills for the show and they will all don beautifully handmade costumes by Woody's, on Freeman Street Market.
Head of performing arts Nicola Law said she wants Humberston Academy to be known as the performing arts school in the area.
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They have previously staged two successful productions, Bugsy Malone and The Wizard of Oz.
Miss Law said: "These children have put their heart and soul into the play because they have lived and breathed it since October.
"I could not be any prouder of them and there are some in it who have a performing career ahead of them.
"They deserve a good audience because of all the effort they have put into it and they have been practising in their own time.
"We don't have a set designer so we have created the scenes ourselves.
"And of course we have fantastic new lighting which will make a huge difference to the show."
Miss Law said the show is better then a school production because there are so many talented cast members.
She added: "We choose this production because it is a classic and there are some great songs in it such as Food Glorious Food.
"There will also be some fabulous solo singers."
Anya Smith, 13, is Nancy in Oliver and she is so excited to perform in front of an audience.
She said: "My costume is amazing and it fits me perfectly. It's a red dress.
"I love my characters confidence because she believes in herself.
"I am getting a little bit nervous now for the show because there has been such a long build up since rehearsing."
Year 7 pupil Eleanor Anderson, 11, is playing the title role.
Eleanor said: "It's a challenging role because I have to remember a lot of lines.
"I am excited for all my family to see me and I am confident in my acting skills that it is going to be a good show.
"Oliver is a calm character, and there is a happy ending to the play which is nice."
David Ornsby, 14, is playing Fagin and he is had previous experience with local theatre company Class Act. He said: "Acting gives me a real buzz afterwards and I have gained real confidence in myself.
"This will be the hardest role I have ever played and I am very nervous about performing. Fagin is mysterious."
Tickets for the show are £4.50, available from 01472 319990.
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