Sidmouth Youth Theatre prepare for opening night of Oliver!

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

Tonight’s the night as the curtain prepare to go up on Sidmouth Youth Theatre’s sellout production of Oliver!

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

A cast of more than 70 students from Sidmouth College has been hard at work preparing to bring Lionel Bart’s musical to life.

The show was virtually sold out ahead of opening night at the Manor Pavilion on Wednesday, with single tickets or returns being the only way for theatre goers to get a seat.

Based on Charles Dickens’s classic novel, audiences will join orphan Oliver as he tries to navigate Victorian London and the pick-pocketing world run by the conniving Fagin.

Audiences can expect to see the show’s toe-tapping numbers of Oom-Pah-Pah, You Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two and the emotional As Long As He Needs Me.

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant


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This year’s cast features many younger faces joining in as Fagin’s gang of child pick-pockets and various other chorus roles.

Oliver! will run at the Manor Pavilion Theatre from tonight (January 31) until February 3.

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver

Youngsters from Sidmouth Youth Theatre in their final dress rehearsal for their sell out show Oliver! - Credit Mike Rees Pearce - Credit: Archant

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