Oliver 'outstanding success'

EATING gruel during rehearsals certainly helped students of Mt St Patrick College get into character for the production of Oliver.

The 65-strong cast wrapped up the successful musical last weekend.

“Every person who saw our show walked away blown out of the water,” production manager Kathy Cristini said.

“It was so big and so well-choreographed and the kids were shining.

“We are just so bursting with pride.”

Ms Cristini said the show even had a full orchestra in the pit, made up of current and former students, community members and teachers, including some from Murwillumbah High School.

“The students were very excited but also sad, because the journey has come to an end. They're very proud and pleased with themselves.”

The cast has been rehearsing for eight weeks, including rehearsals every day in the second week of the school holidays.

Director Mitchell Grace said all the kids excelled on stage.

“It was a credit to them and their hard work,” he said. “We had sell-out crowds almost every night.”

Mr Grace expressed gratitude for support from the community, parents and staff.

Year 8 students Jared Thompson and Lachlan Smith shared the lead role of Oliver.



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