Children from across Dacorum perform in Oliver!

Oliver was staged by Gobstoppers Theatre Company in Berkhamsted on Saturday, March 31.
Oliver was staged by Gobstoppers Theatre Company in Berkhamsted on Saturday, March 31.

A TOTAL of 75 little ones from schools across Dacorum took to the stage for a production of Oliver.

Boxmoor-based Gobstoppers Theatre Company put on the show at Berkhamsted School’s Centenary Hall on Saturday, March 31.

Children aged from as young as four years old right up to 18 were part of the show, which was staged twice during the day at 1.30pm and 6pm.

Director of Gobstoppers Victoria Williams, who is also a voice coach on the West End musical Matilda, said: “It was one of the best productions we have ever done. Gobstoppers has been running for 18 years and the current children we had got are a really talented bunch.

“There is very little difference in standard between what I saw on Saturday and what I do in the West End on Matilda.

“We are really proud of it and all the children involved.”

The character of Oliver was played by Ben Stratful and Oliver Williams, both aged eight.

Victoria, who runs the theatre company with her husband Christopher, above, paid tribute to the community effort that went into the show.

“We had some really good community spirit behind it. Lots of mums and dads were working backstage from set building through to selling teas and coffees in the canteen,” she said. “It was really 100 people coming together to create something very special.”

Work has already begun on the group’s next production of Bugsy Malone, which will be staged in November.