Stand out performances in Spalding Gleed School show

The full cast of the Sir John Gleed School's production of Oliver! Photo: SG240215-121TW
The full cast of the Sir John Gleed School's production of Oliver! Photo: SG240215-121TW
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After some consideration we can state... consider yourself – phenomenal actors!

Not the real words from Oliver, but the verdict from director and head of performing arts Freddie Clarke on some of the Sir John Gleed School students who took part in last week’s show in Spalding.

The pupils from years 9 through to 11 performed Oliver from Wednesday to Friday for audiences of family and friends.

Freddie said the cast was made up of over 40 young people, who also took care of the technical and stage crew aspects of putting on a show.

She said: “It’s been an enjoyable experience. It’s been such good fun. We actually brought Oliver into the drama curriculum in Year 7 so all the students have actually studied it at some point during the school year and it’s a classic, so everyone is familiar with it.

“The standard of work has been phenomenal. They are just very professional, hard working and professional. They are a joy to work with.”

There were some stand out performances, according to Freddie, including Andrew Tarplee as Fagin, Dominic Taylor as Bill Sykes, Kira Garner as Dodger, Millie Barnett as Nancy and Year 7 pupil Travis Tomlinson who played Oliver and was “absolutely fantastic”, said Freddie.

Professional costumes and stage set were hired to complement the students’ high standard of work.