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Cuddington Youth Drama presented their production of the stage musical “Oliver!” in the Bernard Hall between 18th and 22nd February 2014.

This was the well-known musical version of the classic novel by Charles Dickens, with songs like Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself and I’d Do Anything and music performed by a live band. Fabulous sets, costumes and choreography made for a terrific show.

Here’s how Village Voice reviewed the production:

Consider yourselves a hit!

Cuddington Youth Drama really did come of age with their excellent production of “Oliver!” in the Bernard Hall during half term week.

On the evening I attended the packed audience was buzzing with anticipation before curtain up - and it wasn’t to be disappointed! The young cast showed real professionalism in presenting this musical classic – from 7 year old Tamsin Tewson in the chorus to 13 year old Morgan Ecott as Noah Claypole and 16 year old Emily Neal as Mrs Sowerberry.

There was some very imaginative staging - clever use of gauze stretched across the stage to give silhouette effects, a street scene chase around the auditorium with an imaginary police dog in the lead (or should that be ‘on a lead’?!!) and some beautifully painted backdrops of London scenes. The use of the auditorium for some scenes added greatly to the production, but one or two that were played out on the hall floor were not always easy to see.

The highlight of the evening for me was the fantastic performance of “Consider Yourself” with Oliver Twist (Aidan Butler), the Artful Dodger (Will Chapman) and chorus; it was performed with real feeling and exuberance by all those involved and Aiden gave us a heart-warming and convincing showing of Oliver throughout the evening. Special mention must also be made of Ben Stoll’s (Fagin) singing of “I’m re-viewing the situation”, a very impressive rendition which topped a great overall performance.