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Pictures: Auditions for Oliver! at The Broadway theatre, Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 February 2015

Children sing to the judges at the Oliver! auditions on Monday. Pictures: Vickie Flores

Children sing to the judges at the Oliver! auditions on Monday. Pictures: Vickie Flores

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Barking Music and Drama hosted the first auditions for its next show, Oliver!, at The Broadway theatre on Monday.

Warming up at the Oliver! auditions at The BroadwayWarming up at the Oliver! auditions at The Broadway

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.

Registration at the Oliver! auditions at the Barking theatre.Registration at the Oliver! auditions at the Barking theatre.

Technical director Darryl Kane told the Post: “It was absolutely brilliant.

Children sing and the judges listen at the auditions at the BroadwayChildren sing and the judges listen at the auditions at the Broadway

“We had a fantastic turnout with a lot more than expected – we only expected 50 or 60.”

Children sing and the judges listen at the Oliver! auditions at Broadway Theatre.Children sing and the judges listen at the Oliver! auditions at Broadway Theatre.

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.

Judges listen as the children sing at the auditions at Barking Broadway TheatreJudges listen as the children sing at the auditions at Barking Broadway Theatre

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.”

Children sing and the judges listen at the auditions at the Barking BroadwayChildren sing and the judges listen at the auditions at the Barking Broadway

In attendance was the Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, who watched the auditions.

Warming up at the Oliver! auditions in the Theatre.Warming up at the Oliver! auditions in the Theatre.

Warming up at the auditions in BarkingWarming up at the auditions in Barking

Warming up at the Oliver! auditions at the Broadway Theatre.Warming up at the Oliver! auditions at the Broadway Theatre.

Getting ready for Oliver! auditions at Barking Broadway Theatre.Getting ready for Oliver! auditions at Barking Broadway Theatre.

Ben Thompson (aged 11) at the Oliver! auditions with his registration form at Barking Broadway Theatre.Ben Thompson (aged 11) at the Oliver! auditions with his registration form at Barking Broadway Theatre.


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