A twist in the tale for Olivia as Berkhamsted youngsters perform at Tring Theatre

Olivia! by Berkhamsted Youth Theatre. Daisy Potten as Olivia and Niall Davies as Fagin.
Olivia! by Berkhamsted Youth Theatre. Daisy Potten as Olivia and Niall Davies as Fagin.

Olivia! is a musical show set in Victorian times, echoing the famous musical Oliver, but with a twist.

From downtrodden orphan to star of the stage, Olivia meets Eliza Doolittle, Fagin, the Artful Dodger, Ebenezer Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson and Sweeny Todd - to name just a few classic characters.

Thirty-four young people (aged from nine to 18) from Berkhamsted Youth Theatre bring the show to life at The Court Theatre in Tring at 7.30pm from tomorrow (Thursday) until Saturday April 30, when there is an additional 2.30pm matinee.

For the last three months the cast has been hard at work learning words, songs and dance steps. And the crew has been making sets of Covent Garden and Sherlock Holmes’ study, preparing costumes and props from baskets of flowers to bowlfuls of ‘slop’.

Every production needs many people to make it happen and 90% of those people are parents of current and former members.

The theatre group has staged over 35 productions with casts large and small including Shakespeare, musicals and Agatha Christie thrillers.

Berkhamsted School pupil Niall Davies, 16, stars as Fagin in Olivia! and said: “I first joined Berkhamsted Youth Theatre in 2010 after taking an interest in performing whilst rehearsing my school play. What I didn’t realise then is that BYT is not all about the acting, it is as much a social group as it is a youth theatre.”

New members are always welcome, contact the membership secretary penny.perry@gmail.com
Tickets for Olivia! cost from £5 - £10 and are available from Berkhamsted Imaging Centre at 226 High Street; Beechwood Fine Foods in Frogmore Street, Tring; and online at www.courttheatre.co.uk