Ormiston’s young ‘Oliver’ thespians aiming to leave the audience asking for more

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Students are hoping the audience will be left asking for more after the curtain comes down on their forthcoming performance of Oliver.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Fresh from becoming a centre of excellence by gaining the Arts Council’s ‘Artsmark Gold’ status, Ormiston Sudbury Academy is set to show off the talents of more than 100 students who will form the cast of the popular musical production.

In addition to the two-legged performers, a local dog has been cast in the role of ‘Bulls Eye’ the bull terrier. This follows the popularity of the academy’s sell out performance of ‘The Wiz’ last year, which featured a cute canine as Dorothy’s pet, Toto.

Oliver is a dramatic musical featuring the familiar songs of Lionel Bart and the characters of Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver Twist.

It tells the story of a young runaway orphan, Oliver, who escapes the workhouse to seek his fortune in London.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings.

Ormiston Sudbury Academy is putting on a production of Oliver. Oliver is Cory Willings. - Credit: Gregg Brown


You may also want to watch:


He meets and is recruited by the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of young pickpockets, who takes him to the lair of his elderly trainer Fagin. Oliver’s life is further changed when he encounters career criminal Bill Sikes and his loyal companion, Nancy.

This year’s production sees many newcomers including Cory Willings, 13, as Oliver, Adam Wicks, 17, as the Artful Dodger, Jody Brown, 17, as Mr Bumble, Emilie Witt, 17, as Widow Corney and Sadie Napier, 17, as Nancy.

Most Read

As part of their musical theatre course, some of the students were tasked with planning a marketing exercise to sell the show. Their efforts, including press releases, have been a big success with all three performances, on February 4, 5 and 6, already sold out.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter