Aylsham High School pupils are gearing up to put on an exciting production of Oliver.

This marks the 24th annual musical performance by the school, following past productions such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Elf, and My Fair Lady.

Oliver! is a musical that follows the original Charles Dicken's story.

An orphan living in a workhouse is taken to live with some undertakers, when he escapes he stumbles upon the Artful Dodger who takes him home where Fagin teaches him the art of picking pockets.

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The musical, planned for July 11 to 13, includes three evening shows and a Saturday matinee.

More than 70 pupils, spanning all year levels, fill roles for the show.

Emphasising inclusivity, every auditioned pupil got a role to play.

The lead role, Oliver, will alternate between two year 7 pupils, Felix Elliott and Ryker Garrard, who have been rehearsing for several months along with the rest of the cast and crew.

The head of drama at Aylsham High School, Tracy Mitton, had nothing but praise for her pupils and colleagues.

Mrs Mitton said: "I am so impressed by the standard of the students' work, they are all so dedicated and determined to make the show a huge success.

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"The group of staff volunteers are a dream team to work with and it would be impossible without them.

"Mrs Fordham has been hard at work perfecting the casts’ singing and they are sounding astonishingly good, while Ms Phipps has been in charge of costumes and is really making the actors look their parts.”

Those who are keen to catch the Oliver production can buy their tickets every Thursday lunch time between 12.35-1pm from the school's reception or online at ticketsource.co.uk/aylsham-high-school.