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Almost 300 primary school children enjoy opening performance of ‘Oliver!’

Almost 300 children aged 7 to 11 enjoyed the Blessed William Howard Catholic High School’s opening performance of the musical ‘Oliver!’

The children came from local Catholic primary schools including St Anne’s at Weeping Cross, St Austin’s, Blessed Mother Theresa’s, St Patrick’s, St Dominic’s in Stone and St John’s in Great Haywood to view the performance.

 The production was the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by all staff and students involved.  Following the matinee performance for the primary schools, the production was opened to all for three consecutive evenings, ending on Saturday 14th March.

With a real community feel, this production had a full cast of both staff and students ranging from Year 7 to Year 13.   Oliver was played by the youngest member of the cast, Leo Lee Thomas who is just 11 years old.

Blessed William Howard previously produced ‘Oliver!’ in 1992 – with two pupil performers at the time now turned staff; Nicky Tildesley (now Curriculum Leader for Drama) played the role of the strawberry seller and David  Hannett (now Spiritual Development Leader) played the role of the long song seller, a role he returned to this year.

The production was over two hours long and all the performers shone from beginning to end.

“It is such a joy to be involved in the development of the school production and my thanks go to the staff who give up their own time to support this venture every year.  We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team within our arts college.” commented 18 year old Harry Gledhill, Assistant Director.



“I thought the performance was really good and very enjoyable!!” commented Peter Shackleton (10) of Anne’s Catholic Primary School




“I really liked the singing in the play,” commented Kaitlin Spibey from St Austin’s Catholic Primary School.