Oliver! will leave you wanting more!

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William Cosgrove, centre, plays Oliver, with fellow cast members including Henry Taylor-Lucas as Mr Bumble and Ella Richards as the Artful Dodger. Photo: Mark Williamson (H32/6/18/9905)

YOUNG performers at Henley-in-Arden School were hoping to leave their audience asking ‘Please Sir, can we have some more?’ during their staging of Oliver! this week.

The curtain went up on Wednesday, on the Academy of Performing Arts’ latest show, cast with 44 students across Years 7 to 10.

Headed up by music teacher Sarah Blyth and dance teacher Laura Monk, the school’s version of the popular Lionel Bart musical is also open to the public for its three-night run.

The main roles are played by William Cosgrove (Year 7) as Oliver; Emma Highlands (Year 10) as Fagin; Ella Richards (Year 9) as Dodger; Eleanor Overton (Year 10) as Nancy; Tom Bicknall (Year 10) as Bill Sykes; Henry Taylor-Lucas (Year 8) as Mr Bumble, and Mia Bolton-Smith (Year 10) as Widow Corney.

Laura said: “Deciding on roles is never an easy decision, especially with so many talented students. “We also have a great backstage crew which consists of five pupils with our stage manager being a Year 10 student, Samah Rashwan, leading them.”

Tickets for the last night of the show tonight, Friday, are still available by contacting the school’s main office on 01564 792364. Performances start at 7pm in the school hall.

Story and photo also in this week’s Herald.