| Izah Azahari |
MORE than 100 students from the Jerudong International School (JIS) brought to life a play entitled ‘Oliver!’ yesterday in a colourfully large-scale musical held at the JIS Art Centre.
The music and lyrics for the musical were written by Lionel Bart, and is based on Charles Dickens’ book published in 1838 during a period of great change and hardship for many people in England, entitled ‘Oliver Twist’.
Oliver, the eponymous hero played by Evan Chiam, is a young orphan in Victorian England who has been sent to a grim workhouse run by the cruel Mr Bumble, played by Robert Wood.
When Oliver audaciously asks for more gruel, he is sent away to live with an undertaker who treats him poorly and living on the streets of London seemed more appealing to Oliver, and this is where he meets the Artful Dodger, played by Eden Chiam.
The set design for ‘Oliver!’ was influenced by two major elements – George Cruikshank’s original ink drawings for the publication of Dickens’ classic tale, and the designs used for David Lean’s 1948 black and white film version of the story.
With a two-part act, ‘Oliver!’ captivated and entertained its audience with the wonderful talents JIS has in store as well as its musical arrangements and picturesque set design.