The Driveway, Ottawa.
Cast of 'Oliver!
On a spring evening we gathered to present our second annual production, the musical "Oliver!" to our families. Refreshments were served. Weeks of work culminated in a single glorious night when the magic of the play transported us to the streets of Victorian London... The year before we had presented "The Wizard Of Oz", another much beloved show.
In the years before VCR's and DVD's, LimeWire and I-Pods, scripts were written from memory alone, songs transcribed by hand from the scratchy sounds of an old plug-in record player in a box. Entirely organized by kids, The Backyard Drama Club involved every child in the neighbourhood being cast in some part or another. My little sister Ali was only 3, and played Toto and Bullseye in both shows, having a papier mache Snoopy doghead mask as one of her favourite possessions, and thereby being 'type' cast as a dog every year.
Myself, and Anne and Catherine Shields were the producers/dirctors/lead roles and we bossed all the other children around mercilessly, but we got it done. Anne was the eldest, and the brightest spark of a girl I ever knew, brimming with creative ideas and wonderful at handling everybody. I was was the 'actress' and Cathy loved to sew and create costumes...she had a 'flair'. Everybody's talents were put to good use, and we all had a wonderful time...not without afew hiccups along the way, but it was all worth it in the end!
Michelle Devlin, Artistic Director
Michelle Devlin in her first solo as Nancy in Oliver!