A new twist on a classic tale will leave audiences asking for more.
AOC Productions, formerly Aberdeen Opera Company, decided to stage one of the most prominent musicals in the British pop culture – Oliver!
Chris Wallace, chair of AOC Productions, said: “After the epic staging and serious themes of Chess in 2017, we wanted to take on something that the whole family can enjoy and the classic tale of Oliver! brought a lot of new and exciting challenges for the company.”
This is the first time the company collaborated with Aberdeen director Craig Pike.
Craig said: “I am thoroughly enjoying it.
“I knew a number of members at the AOC so I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the company.”
The musical is based on Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist which tells the story of a young orphan who is born in a workhouse and sold into apprenticeship with an undertaker.
Craig said it would not be fair to choose his favourite character because they were all very different and strong.
He said: “The part of Fagin is very different to the part of Nancy.
“So from that point of view, characters are well written.
“Oliver is such a sweet boy and he is so different to so many of the other characters because all of the other kids are very loud, whereas Oliver is a very innocent child.”
The company is set to use a combination of new, borrowed and old costumes to bring the characters to life.
Craig highlighted two important aspects of good costumes.
He stated: “It (a costume) serves a purpose as far as the audience is concerned. The costumes need to be right so the audience is transported back to that time.
“But the other purpose the costume serves is to the character’s benefit.”
Craig suggested that actors can only understand the characters once they wear the clothes.
The director thinks the energy of the full cast is the highlight of the show.
He said: “The kids and the adults were deliberately rehearsing separately and then we brought them together.
“When you first bring the two companies together, it is an immediate spark because the adults are excited to see what the kids have been learning and vice versa.
“And there were audible gasps of ‘wow’ when each company saw what the other was doing.”
See Oliver! next Wednesday – Saturday at the Tivoli. Times vary.