Oliver takes to stage

Nicola Bull and Oliver Thomson star in Oliver along with eight-year-old Soren Adkin.

THE unforgettable story of Oliver will be re-created in Pakenham next month.
Cardinia Performing Arts Company is performing the production at the Star Theatre at the Cardinia Cultural Centre.
The lead role is split between two young local boys, 11-year-old Oliver Thomson and eight-year-old Soren Adkin, who will both perform the role twice.
Local resident and theatre regular, Nicola Bull is playing the role of Nancy.
Nicola grew up in Pakenham where she developed a passion for singing and performing at a very young age.
After seeing an advertisement for the Cardinia Performing Arts Company for local talent for their first show Les Miserables, she auditioned and joined the company.
Nicola has since performed regularly with CPAC and also made her stage debut at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne in Oklahoma playing the role of Ado Annie, earning her a Victorian Theatre Guild nomination.
Nicola returned to Pakenham in 2010 and is a primary school teacher at Pakenham Springs Primary School.
The role of Fagin is being played by theatre stalwart and CPAC regular Richard Green, last seen in the role of Wilbur Turnblad in CPAC’s sellout season of Hairspray.
Newcomer Josh McNiff is making his amateur theatre stage debut as the Artful Dodger.
Oliver opens at the Star Theatre at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Pakenham on 17 August and will show each weekend until 31 August.
Ticket prices are $32 adults, $29 concession and $25 for children aged under 15; all tickets for the Thrifty Thursday 29 August are $25.
Special rates are available for groups with 15 or more and a family ticket (two adults and two children) is $105. The gala opening on 17 August includes a complimentary supper and drinks after the show.
Bookings can be made by phoning 0407 090 354 or at www.trybooking.com