Pictures: Auditions for Oliver! at The Broadway theatre, Barking
PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 February 2015
Barking Music and Drama hosted the first auditions for its next show, Oliver!, at The Broadway theatre on Monday.
The drama company saw more than 100 children under the age of 14 show up to try fill the roles of Oliver Twist, the Artful Dodger, and two teams of 15 to 20 for the children’s chorus.
Technical director Darryl Kane told the Post: “It was absolutely brilliant.
“We had a fantastic turnout with a lot more than expected – we only expected 50 or 60.”
The hopefuls were slimmed down on Monday from 110 to 60, with those all called back for “some more” yesterday morning to bring the number down to the final cut of 42.
Darryl added: “The standard was phenomenal – we were expecting to make the first cut at 11am but because of the high standard, we had to make it at 12. It just shows how much talent we have in the borough.”
In attendance was the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, who watched the auditions.
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