De La Salle College Ashfield students’ acting and singing abilities will put a twist in the musical version of a doubly classic tale.
In June, the school will stage Oliver!, the popular musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel about an orphan who falls in with a group of 19th century London pickpockets and finds an unlikely home.
Year 8 students Jonas Cook and Marcello Aliberto star in the production – Jonas as the Artful Dodger, who is a pickpocket and pupil of the group’s master criminal Fagin, and Marcello as title character Oliver Twist.
Both plan to study drama at the college next year and have rehearsed for three hours each week to bring their characters to life.
There are different elements to his character.
Jonas said the play promised to be energetic and upbeat.
“He [the Artful Dodger] is a very cheeky second in command to all the thieves behind Fagin. He’s really fun to play, and it’s fun to muck around with how people acted back then.”
“There are different acting techniques that I hadn’t heard of that I learned through Oliver! We’ve been rehearsing for a while and it’s coming along really well.”
Marcello said he enjoyed the emotional range that comes with the part of Oliver.
“I enjoy playing him because he does different things at different times,” he said.
“He could be sad at one point and at another point he is angry and shy. There are different elements to his character and I really enjoy experimenting with the role.
“Because I enjoy acting, dancing and singing it was great to use all of it in one part and to meet new people,” he said. “It has been a really great experience.”
Oliver! is at De La Salle College Ashfield, 24 Bland Street, on 15 and 16 June, at 7pm. Tickets, $15: https://www.trybooking.com/373238