Oliver

Date 9th November 2012
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Little Theatre, Rhyl
Type of Production Musical
Director Rob Stevens
Musical Director Chris Ward
Choreographer Rob Stevens

Report

Author: Lyn Emmerson

Celebrating 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, this evergreen story is still as popular as ever. A different performance venue gave a more intimate feel to the piece. Matthew Budd in the title role did all that was necessary as Oliver bringing many poignant moments to his performance whilst talented Jack Parry-Jones thoroughly enjoyed his moments as The Artful Dodger.

Good characterisation from James Pagett as a very young Fagin, who gave a polished performance. Newcomer Julie Bennett oozed talent in her portrayal of Nancy, with As Long As He Needs Me being a highlight of the show. Ashley McAllister always promises a superb performance and his portrayal of Bill Sykes was chilling to say the least. I enjoyed the contribution from Kevin Griffiths as Mr Bumble and Carol Williams as Widow Corney; they brought the comedy out when necessary. Excellent harmonization from the Street Sellers, and minor roles were well implemented. Workhouse children and Fagin’s Gang were covered by an enthusiastic group of youngsters with disciplined choreography in all their numbers. Chorus numbers were well rehearsed. There were one or two moments when more attention to detail could have been made but nevertheless a very successful production.