Oliver!

Date 28th April 2012
Society Falkirk Operatic Society
Venue The Town Hall, Falkirk
Type of Production Musical?
Director Lorna Wallace
Musical Director Crawford Moyes

Report

Author: Gordon T Blackburn (Scottish Councillor)

Choreographer: Clare Smith

From the moody strains of the Lionel Bart overture the tone for this production was well set. A very well drilled cast of children brought the story alive with their rendering of Food Glorious Food. As the story went on we were introduced to some sparkling characters. Mr Bumble portrayed by Eric Brown gave a powerful performance whilst character of note was Mr Sowerberry played by Paul Clark his unique characterisation heard many a laugh from the audience. Oliver played by Lewis Dixon, on the saturday, character grew from a timid little waif to quite a fiesty youngman as he battled against Bil Sykes. The most perfect performance as Fagin was given by Gavin Orr. He held the attention of the audience in the palm of his hand band interacted with all the other characters to a very high degree. The singing by the company was of a very high degree and the balance between them and the orchestra was kept very well balanced by Crawford Moyes who managed to bring out the light and shade that can be found in the Lionel Bart Score. Congratulations must be given to all for this very crisp & sharp production well characterised by all.