Olivia!

Posted on Thursday, 23rd March 2017 in Music & Drama


There was not a dry eye in the house by the end of the magnificent production of Malcolm Sircom’s Olivia last night by the Prep school.  The show tells the story of Olivia from downtrodden orphan to star of the stage. Emma (Form VIII), in the title role showed the perfect balance of naivety and spirit her character required whilst Ciara (Form VII) as Eliza Doolittle was a bundle of energy, who despite Mr George Bernard Shaw’s (George, Form V) best efforts, never forgot to drop ‘er h’s and wove each character into the story with a wonderfully knowing wink and a nod. Rory (Form V) and Kit (Form VII) as Olivia’s unlikely assistants Fagin and The Artful Dodger made a superb double act in their attempts to use Olivia to their advantage and the support cast of flower sellers, orphans and chorus evoked Gilbert and Sullivan from the start.

The singing was excellent throughout; Mrs Wolton, Director of Music, said ‘The children loved the music and were so enthusiastic about learning the songs that it was a real pleasure to work with them all.’

Miss Sellars, who produced the play said  ‘ The children worked so hard and their enthusiasm and talent made it a joy to work with them.  Their commitment to ‘method acting’ was commendable – I look forward to seeing many of them on the stage in the future!’