Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Director - Amanda Howell
Musical Director - Rosamund (Posy) Walton
Choreographers - Carole Beatty & Amanda Howell

Lionel Bart's well-loved musical took to the stage at Cromer Pier for our Centenary production.

Based on Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist it is one of the most successful musicals of all time.  Combining comedy and drama in equal measure, packed with wonderful songs (see below) and backed by a full orchestra with professional sets and costumes, we played to packed houses and standing ovations (audience figure of 4500) during the May Bank Holiday week 2014.

Selected photos are now available to view on the gallery page.

If you would like a disc of all the show photos or just individual prints, complete the photo order form here and send to our Chairman, Andrew Payne, at the address detailed on the form together with a cheque payable to CSODS.

Fagin Nick Bird
Nancy Claire Reynolds
Sikes Gary Clifton
Bet Selina White
Mr. Sowerberry Robin Taylor
Mrs. Sowerberry Nona Gray
Noah Claypole Neil Robertson
Charlotte Yvonne Kidd
Mr Bumble Peter Howell 
Widow Corney Nikki Rodwell 
Mr Brownlow Martin Howard 
Mrs Bedwin Janet Nightingale 
Dr Grimwig  Peter Thrower 
Old Sally  Thelma Torr 
Rose Seller  Annabelle Culley 
Milk Maid  Nicola Bone 
Strawberry Seller  Kerry Davis 
Knife Grinder  Grahame Woodrow 
Long Song Seller  Neville Rowe 
Luke Abendroth, Philippa Baillie, Carole Beatty, Nicola Bone, Marilyn Bumfrey, Adrienne Collard, Annabelle   Culley, Richard Delahaye, Kerri Davis, Ruth Elliott, Brian Elsey, Nona Gray, Andrew Grey, Glen Hall, Janet   Hignett, Madeline Hudson, Georgie Kemp, Yvonne Kidd, John Locke,  Sally Lomax, Stephen Mills, Jacky Regis,   Neil Robertson, Martin Rodwell, Alice Rotchell, Neville Rowe, Matt Scantlebury, Robin Taylor,Vivien Williamson, Kirk Wills, Grahame Woodrow, Jenny Wrighton, Andreas Yiasimi.
Oliver................. Joseph Oxtoby and Noah Vigor 
Artful Dodger...........Jack Jarvis and William Daniels
Charlie.................Max Merron and Louis Miller
Harry Harvey-Seldon
Mitchel Phillips
Kyle Bowles
Bobby Bryant
Russell Broughton-Begley       
Calladan Algate
Oliver Drury
Danny Finch
Louis Miller
Daniel Stevens
Ben Smith
Zak Barham
Dominic Lawrence
Harry Wilson
Adam Waller 
Workhouse Girls
Cate May
Millie Arnold
Ysolde Delahaye
Evie Mielsch
Sydney Mielsch
Verity Youngs
Florence Webster
Charlotte Tipling
Sylvie Fijalkowska
Lillie-Grace Edwards
Keira Cox
Niamh Buttle
Darcey Banner-Durrant
Sian Whiting
Niamh Steward
Katie James
Charlotte Pollard
Hope Emery-Adams              
Connie Reid
Maya Cave
Review - Eastern Daily Press EDP 25th May 2014 (click title for EDP website)

You've got to pick a box office blockbuster (no need for two) to celebrate your centenary year.

But you still have to deliver a show that matches the expectations of eager full house audiences.

And the Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society has done just that to put the icing on its 100th anniversary cake.

Oliver bristles with memorable songs from foot-tapping singalongs to haunting ballads.

Its plot, mood and dialogue are a mix of EastEnders-style violence and thumbs-in-your braces pearly king knees up. Child slavery, thievery, wife-beating and murder are not the obvious elements of a hit musical - but add in some brilliant characterisation, humour and timeless tunes and you have a winner.

Highlight of the CSODS' version is Nick Bird's Fagin acted and sung every bit as well as Rod Moody's masterful movie version - reaching a pinnacle in the stunning Reviewing the Situation song. Praise too for Claire Reynolds as Nancy, returning to the company after an eight-year family-raising absence to command the stage with her presence and fine voice best showcased in As Long As He Needs Me - a song about her evil other half Bill Sykes, darkly delivered by Gary Clifton.

But it is the children who are the real show stealers, with cuteness - and confidence beyond their years.

Ten-year-old Joseph Oxtoby charmed as Oliver on opening night undaunted by solos in the spotlight in his first major stage role, with William Daniels as a cocky Artful Dodger on opening night but the alternating cast of youngsters are just as good I am told.

The strong cast, marshalled by director Amanda Howell, rose to the big centenary occasion set against a backdrop of superb scenery.

The joy of "am dram" productions is seeing famous shows which star local people - the "butcher, baker" and Constantia waiter - who show the talents they have outside their day jobs.

Having reviewed the situation I can confidently predict this infectious show will leave audiences hungry for more during its run until Saturday (31st May).

Richard Batson

 Click here to view poster!

Photos now available in the gallery!

Our chosen charity - our generous audiences donated over £1700 and CSODS cast and crew added a further £450 making £2150. Thank you.

About With Friends is a Cromer based charity that supports children, young people, and adults with a learning disability, to live as normal and fulfilling a life as possible. Starting in 2002 as a social group for a handful of adults, the charity now runs services 7 days a week and virtually 24 hours a day. These include adult social activities and respite breaks; an adult work skills programme; youth social activities, school holiday schemes, and respite breaks; supported living services for those members who live independently; transition services for those leaving youth services and entering the adult world; and bespoke services to more challenging individuals.

Some of the latest ventures include a community café opened in Cromer which has spun out of the catering arm of the Work Skills Programme and the recruitment of a Special Educational Needs worker to specifically work with youngsters who do not receive statutory funding.

Money from CSODS' performance of Oliver! will be used for their growing youth work and specifically for capital projects. They have recently bought a 9-seater minibus for their fleet and a state of the art Karaoke machine so there is a constant need for additional funds to keep them properly equipped.