| James Kon |
CHARLES Dickens’s famous novel, Oliver Twist, will come to life at Jerudong International School (JIS)Arts Centre when more than 300 talented students take on the stage to perform in the school’s biggest musical production yet.
The musical, ‘Oliver! Book, music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart’ is directed by their director of theatre, Will Kemp who previously played a lead role in Oliver at the age of 10.
“My first experience was being cast in the lead role at the tender age of ten. I can vividly remember standing on stage with ‘The Artful Dodger’, surrounded by a large cast singing ‘Consider Yourself’ at the top of their lungs and thinking, ‘it can’t get better than this… can it?’ To a nervous youngster, new to acting and the bright lights of theatre, this was a show touched by magic; a show so utterly remarkable that I could not imagine finding anything to match it ever again.
“My impressionable psyche notwithstanding, its impact on my life was profound: I loved the production so much that it ignited my love of theatre, and in turn inspired me to pursue teaching drama as a career.” Assistant Producer, Simon Carter in an interview said, “When we have an auditorium like JIS Arts Centre, we have to put up something really spectacular. Two years ago, we did Grease while last year we did a number of musicals. This year, we thought of performing Oliver that will involve lots of children.”
Why Oliver, he said, “Oliver has a very large cast of boys and girls so it’s best suited to school scenario. It’s great to bring in the incredibly popular performance. There are lots of fascinating stories on the show and its creator Lionel Bart.”
Simon Carter also recalled the challenges of getting the licence to perform ‘Oliver’. He said, “We were fortunate enough to get the licence from London, Cameron Mackintosh Limited to perform legally. It’s a major feat to put on a production that has professional values by students and staff of the school.”
The musical show will display the talented cast of JIS on Friday (7.30pm), Saturday (7.30pm) and Sunday (2.30pm). The tickets are available for purchase at $20 per person at the JIS stationery shop. Seats are limited.