‘Oliver!’ crowd at school plead for more, sir

STAGE STARS -- the main cast members of 'Boys For Sale', who are Lewis Locker as the Artful Dodger, Sarah Britten as Oliver and PJ Wallis as Fagin -- DISPIC NHUD11-1859-1.
STAGE STARS -- the main cast members of 'Boys For Sale', who are Lewis Locker as the Artful Dodger, Sarah Britten as Oliver and PJ Wallis as Fagin -- DISPIC NHUD11-1859-1.

‘PLEASE sir, can we have some more?’ was the shout from the crowd after Hucknall’s Annie Holgate Junior School staged a rousing version of the hit musical ‘Oliver!’

Almost 100 youngsters, aged between nine and 11, took part in the production, which brought the curtain down on the term at the school off High Leys Road.

The show was actually called ‘Boys For Sale’, but remained true to the original where a young boy is sold by a workhouse and finds himself drawn to London to seek his fame and fortune.

He is taken under the wing of a group of oiks who make a living through pickpocketing for their boss, Fagin. But finally Oliver is rescued from the gutter.

Iconic songs included ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘Food, Glorious Food’.

Taking on the title role was 11-year-old Sarah Britten, who was joined by Lewis Locker (11), who played the Artful Dodger.

Fagin was played by fellow 11-year-old pupil PJ Wallis.

Head teacher Rose Jones said: “I think the general feeling was that this was the best annual performance we have staged.

“A lot of it was very professional and the singing and dancing was very good.”

‘Boys For Sale’ built on a strong stage tradition at Holgate where last year’s show was ‘The Lion King’.