Langholm audience left wanting more

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“Wonderful” and “fantastic”, were just two of the glowing adjectives used by happy audience members after enjoying Langholm Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s production of Oliver, writes John Smith.

The musical took place in front of full houses throughout last week in the Buccleuch Centre and was thoroughly enjoyed by young and old alike.

There were a large number of children in this production and they were marvellous. There must have been a tremendous amount of hard work at the rehearsals.

The lead roles were shared on alternative nights with Katie McCall and Zoe Little doing a marvellous job as Oliver, and Craig Pool and Nicky Henderson excelling as The Artful Dodger.

It was another outstanding performance by Bob McLure as Fagin, and Alan Weatherstone as Bill Sykes, along with his wife Nicole as Nancy, who played their parts convincingly.

The show was a compelling blend of fine singing and humour and Billy Young as Mr Bumble and Jackie Beckett playing widow Corney were among those in fine voice.

Among the other characters who captured the audience were Les Murray and Jackie Henderson as Mr and Mrs Sowerberry, Eric Hislop (Mr Brownlow), Alison Aston (Mrs Bedwin), Alex Morrison (Dr Grimwig), Leona Evans (Bet), Darren Bell (Bow Street Runner), Danial Scott (Noah Claypole), Ellie Seed (Charlotte), Marion Pool (Old Sally), Jane Edmond (Old Annie), and of course Blackjack the Dog.

The orphans, Fagin’s gang, street sellers and chorus all brought a buzz to the show.

The hard-working production team were: production manager – Alex Morrison; musical director – Anne Halliday; accompanist – Margaret Howe; prompt – Lesley McCartney.