Oliver is a hit at Sunderland school

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TALENTED youngsters are hitting the right note with their latest musical.

More than 100 pupils from St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy are involved with the stage production of Oliver.

Throughout this week audiences have packed into the Thornhill school to watch the show, which has involved children from Years 7-13 either on stage, in the band, as part of the sound and lighting crew or working backstage in a number of roles.

Abigail Davies, who is in her first year at the school, landed the starring role of Oliver.

She said: “This has been a great start for me at St Anthony’s, I have loved every minute of preparing for the shows.

“I have made so many friends and wish the experience didn’t have to end.”

Year 13 student, Hannah Trotter, who is playing Fagin in her final academy musical before going onto university, said: “I feel honoured to have been chosen to play Fagin. I’ve been involved in many productions at St Anthony’s but this one has been my favourite.”

Laura Dudley, who is directing the show alongside fellow teacher Jo Duncan, said: “We didn’t think we’d be able to top the incredible job our students did with last year’s musical, but this is set to be even better.

“The students at St Anthony’s are extremely talented and enthusiastic young ladies, and it’s a privilege to see all of their hard work and dedication come to fruition.”

Headteacher Monica Shepherd added: “This is another fine production in the long tradition of musical theatre at St Anthony’s, which stretches back over many decades.

“Mrs Dudley, Miss Duncan and the students have worked very hard along with the whole school community.

“Many past students form St Anthony’s have taken part in light opera and choir at the school over many years with much success.

“One of our past students, Frances McNamee, even went on to win a prestigious Olivier Award whilst a student in London.”

Tonight is the last night for the show and for tickets contact the school on 553 7700.