Test Valley School Production of ‘Oliver’

Oliver cast

On the 11th and 12th February, Test Valley School put on a glorious production of the well known musical ‘Oliver’. Over 50 pupils from across all five years have spent the last three months rehearsing their parts in the play and it all came together in two truly memorable nights. The set and costume looked fantastic and the talented cast definitely stepped up to shine in their moment in front of a sold out audience on both nights.

Hugo LeonardAlthough the songs are well known, they are in no way easy to sing or play and the hard work and effort put in by all the singers and musicians certainly paid off. As Mrs Grace Leyman, Head of Music, said:

“The whole cast worked with energy and enthusiasm to capture the varied moods of the many musical numbers with conviction and style and the band of dedicated Year 11 pupils and adult volunteers worked tirelessly to provide a really high standard of accompaniment throughout the show.”

There was a great family atmosphere created by all five years of the cast mixing so well together and they were backed up by a superb backstage team made up of older pupils. Although they work in the shadows they are a crucial part of the production.Emily Nightingale Joshua Yard

The lead role of Oliver was taken by a Year 8 pupil, Freya Cavill, who sang the lead songs with a pure and pitch perfect tone as well as conveying the innocence of the role. She thoroughly enjoyed her time on the production saying:

“I really enjoyed the experience of working with older pupils and although it was scary at times it was amazing to be involved.”

There were also a number of year 7 pupils involved who auditioned just weeks after joining Test Valley. The play really helped develop their confidence and Emily Cook said:

“It was great being a part of Oliver. I’m definitely doing the play every year.”

As always any school production is a stressful time but it is all worth it when the audience give you their feedback after the show. One parent said:

“I have been to many Test Valley School productions and this was definitely the best yet. I can’t wait to see what you do next year!”

Another audience member said:

“This was Test Valley at its best! It’s events like tonight that remind us how great we are as a school and staff.”

We have certainly set the bar high for next year but with the talent and commitment we have at our school, I have no doubt we will again raise the standard. We look forward to seeing you all there.