The End of Oliver!

by: xtian001

In: Education | Personal | Qatar | Xianelle

16 Apr 2010

It was probably 3 months ago when Xiane’s music teacher waited for Mavis outside of Xiane’s classroom to tell her about the auditions for Oliver. She said that since Xiane seems to like music and acting, the Oliver play would be an activity Xiane would be interested in. After asking Xiane if she wanted to try the auditions, Mavis wrote an email to Steve Griffiths who would be the musical director of the play. To which Steve replied:

Thank you for your enquiry Ms San Juan. By all means bring your daughter to the audition on Thursday, although I’m sure you realize that she may be a little to young to be in this production. But let’s see what she can do. No preparation for the audition is necessary. I will teach everyone a song to sing.
Steve Griffiths.

3 months passed and after days and nights of practices, Oliver had its last run last night with a full packed audience and several standing ovations after the last song was sang. We felt so proud every time Steve Griffiths would mention that their cast was made up of people from all ages, from 6 to 60, as he was referring to Xiane being the youngest in the group at 6 years old. Xiane’s part may be small and her “magical!” solo would be unnoticeable to many but being part of the production itself is the real value. She gained a lot of friends and acquaintances, and she now is looking forward to being part of more stage plays. Of course, credit is also due to Mavis for being so supportive of Xiane, taking her to and fro the practices and waiting for her throughout the practices. It’s not surprising that out of the 7 performances, she only missed one performance!

To all the cast and crew of Oliver, congratulations for the job well done! I would love to write a review of the play without bias but, alas, I don’t think I can nitpick and be fair to both readers and the production of Oliver. But those people who came to watch and those who I overheard on the end of Act 1 and the end of the play itself, I can say that they enjoyed it find it lovely and wonderful.

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