More than 60 senior school pupils dazzled audiences on stage at St Margaret’s School last month with a spectacular theatrical performance of the popular West End hit musical Oliver!
A festive tradition for the school, the Christmas production has always been an important event in the school’s seasonal calendar. This year was no exception with a display of incredible acting and musical talents, stunning costumes and sets and an electric passion and energy from everyone involved.
The entire cast had rehearsed for several months ahead of the performance and had worked tirelessly to put on the memorable show and to bring the poverty of the ‘workhouse’ and corrupt streets of an 1837 North London to life.
Julie Chatkiewicz, Acting Headmistress at St Margaret’s School, commented: “As a school we’ve always been keen to ignite a lifelong passion for drama and theatre amongst our pupils. As such, there has always been a tradition of fabulous musical events at St Margaret’s and this performance was another fantastic opportunity for our pupils to share their talents with a wider audience and continue the development of numerous important skills such a resilience and team work.”
Based on the original Charles Dickens classic novel Oliver Twist, the performance, which took place on stage in the school’s hall, was produced entirely by its staff and pupils – including choreography, staging, music, special effects, sound and lighting.
Julie added: “I’m always impressed by the quality of our pupils’ singing, choreography and acting abilities and this latest production of Oliver! has really raised the bar in terms of what can be achieved with hard work and determination. The show is definitely ‘up there’ as one of the best we’ve seen yet and that is also credit to the commitment of our staff who have worked long hours to make this performance a triumphant success.”
Main cast included: Oliver who was played by Daisy Goodman (year 7), Artful Dodger who was played by Angelina Citrone (year 9), Nancy who was played by Abigail Maughan (year 12) and Fagin who was played by Ruby Georgiou (year 10). The performance was produced and directed by Stuart Borrill.