Search

VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY: Oliver! audience is in fine voice at Norwich Theatre Royal

14:11 18 July 2012

Actor Jack Edwards who plays Mr Bumble, and Toby Higgins, musical director, left, lead the audience in the Oliver! Sing-a-long at the Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Denise Bradley

Actor Jack Edwards who plays Mr Bumble, and Toby Higgins, musical director, left, lead the audience in the Oliver! Sing-a-long at the Norwich Theatre Royal. Picture: Denise Bradley

Archant

Theatre-goers were in fine voice as they took part in a special sing-song of classic hits from the musical Oliver!

The show, based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, is currently being performed at Norwich Theatre Royal, and this afternoon the production’s musical director Toby Higgins and cast member Jack Edwards, who plays Mr Bumble, took to the stage to lead the Sing-A-Long-A-Oliver! session.

About 150 singers came along to take part in the event which saw them perfect their east London accents and burst into song as they performed the hits Consider Yourself, I’d Do Anything and Food Glorious Food.

Jack Edwards said: “It was great fun. Everyone who took part was really enthusiastic and there were some really talented singers out there. It was great to have the opportunity to be part of it.”

Among the singers was Donna Hunt, 35 and from Chester Street, in the Unthank Road area of Norwich, who was there with fellow members of Norwich Community Choir which recently performed Food Glorious Food for a festival at Gresenhall Farm and Workhouse.

She said: “We all love singing. I think everyone is a fan of Oliver! because it is a classic and people just want to get involved.”

Jean Yaxley, 69 and from Blofield Heath, was also at the sing-a-long session.

She said: “I like a good sing song. I’m coming to see the show with my 10-year-old granddaughter Elizabeth on Saturday.”

Jason Raper, education manager at Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “We’ve been concentrating for a while on bringing extra educational value to our shows. We usually work with dance and drama but this was a chance to use the voice.

“We advertised it a few weeks ago and two groups came forward – the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind and the Norwich Community Choir, plus lots of other people who heard about it.

“This was a first for Norwich and a first for the Oliver! tour. It was a really good afternoon. I sung my heart out with them. I think everyone had a really good afternoon and great value-for-money. It also gave Norfolk’s frustrated singers the chance to come out and use their vocal cords. To coin a well-known phrase from the show, who could ask for more?”

• Oliver! is at Norwich Theatre Royal until August 4. For more information or to book tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 630000.

• Are you involved in a new theatre project in Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Other news

Yesterday, 18:53
Suffolk Wildlife Trusts annual Apple Day and Autumn Fair at Redgrave Fen. Brothers Jack and Thomas Peacock with the creepy apple creations.

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Granny Smith and a Royal Gala?

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Christine Hewson looks at old photos of Eccles Primary School

Former pupils at Eccles and Wilby Primary School had a trip down memory lane on Saturday at an exhibition of old school photos.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Colin Lang, Nelson's Journey chief executive.
Picture: Denise Bradley

One of Norfolk’s biggest charities, dedicated to supporting bereaved children, needs a major expansion to meet “unprecedented” demand for its services.

Saturday, October 18, 2014
The High Output Ballast Cleaner. Picture: Network Rail

Commuters and rail users could be in for months of mayhem when an 800-metre-long monster cleaning machine engulfs the region’s tracks.

Most read

Friday, October 17, 2014

The driver of a Renault Clio sustained a nose bleed, bruising and a cut during a road rage incident.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:53
Suffolk Wildlife Trusts annual Apple Day and Autumn Fair at Redgrave Fen. Brothers Jack and Thomas Peacock with the creepy apple creations.

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Granny Smith and a Royal Gala?

Read more
Friday, October 17, 2014

A truck was in collision with a tree at Scole, near Diss, this morning.

Read more
09:21
GoGoDragons design by Karis Youngman, age 20.

From colourful creatures inspired by the myths and legends surrounding dragons to fire-breathing beasts celebrating our fine city – our design-a-dragon competition sparked a huge array of great entries from people of all ages.

Read more
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Wreckage from B-17 which crashed in holland during WW2 has been returned to the 95th bomb group hospital Museum in Denham. Museum owner Tony Albrow with the pieces.

For the last 70 years, the fate of the B-17G bomber She’s My Gal had been lost in the annals of time after she embarked on her fateful last trip from a north Suffolk airbase during the second world war.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital edition

Image
Read the Diss Mercury e-edition today E-edition