A BEYOND-CAPACITY crowd was lucky enough to catch the final night of this quite spectacular evening of entertainment at Boston High School.
The sets were imaginative, the costumes were immaculate, and the orchestra was note-perfect.
Weeks of dedicated rehearsals paid off; the choreography worked with apparent ease and precision, and a cast of students of all ages worked very well together.
This was a production that belted along, with every member of the cast plainly enjoying giving an assured and engaging performance. Every key role was played assuredly – from a spirited but fragile Oliver to a suitably funereal Mr Sowerberry.
Playing male roles is never easy for actresses – Georgina Fitton managed to inhabit Mr Bumble for the evening, conveying well both his pomposity and the more human side to his character; his reaction to his brief and unsatisfactory experience of matrimony caused much mirth amongst the audience. Courtney Bowman's Widow Corney was as delightful as she was wicked, this young actress was clearly enjoying herself as she tormented Mr Bumble – and sang with compelling power, range, subtlety and beauty.
It is no surprise to learn that Courtney has forthcoming auditions at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London; it would not be at all surprising to see her on stage and screen in the years to come. Ella Parla's Artful Dodger was absolutely compelling on stage – as was Sydnie Hocknell's Fagin; Sydnie was clearly enjoying herself hugely – never more so than during a thoughtful, delightfully-paced and well-considered 'Reviewing the Situation.' Our thanks for this marvellous performance go to many – and especially Mrs Fitton, Mrs Connor, Miss Rivers – and the indefatigable, inspirational Mrs Leake.