We caught up with Coventry Musical Theatre Society's director, Steve Boden, in advance of their production of Oliver! at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, which opens on Thursday 21 May.
It's not long now until Oliver opens at the Belgrade - how are rehearsals going?
Rehearsals are going really well; it’s the biggest project we have ever undertaken and has a company of over 100 actors, musicians and technical crew. We have had to move into bigger rehearsal rooms now to accommodate everyone.
How does Oliver! differ to your previous productions?
The biggest difference is that we have over eighty children involved this year. Normally we have a company of forty adults so this is a really big change in terms of the company size.
What have been the challenges that you have faced with the show?
The biggest challenge has been co-ordinating the rehearsal process. We have two teams of children in the show, who alternate performances. Consequently, we have to rehearse every sequence twice, to make sure both teams are thoroughly rehearsed into the show and understand what is required of them. It’s been hard work but massively rewarding.
What can the audience expect from the show?
Oliver! is a fabulous musical suitable for the whole family. The audience will see a spectacular retelling of the Charles Dickens tale complete with comedy, drama, and fabulous songs played by a live twelve piece orchestra. They will also see a showcase of some of the best young talent from across the city and some amazing performances from city actors in the principal roles including Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sykes.
Describe the show in just 3 words...
Energetic, Vibrant and Heart-warming
What would you say to someone who hasn't booked a ticket yet?
Book now and don’t miss this fantastic production of a legendary musical.
For more information and to book tickets click here or call the Belgrade Theatre box office on 024 7655 3055.
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