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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Young 'Uns stage group launches hunt for new producer


* Food Glorious Food: the workhouse scene from the Young 'Uns production of Oliver! Picture: Aled Morris.

The much-anticipated staging of Oliver! by Llangollen Operatic Society’s junior section, the Young ‘Uns, later this month will be the final one with producer Pam Williams in charge.

And once the costumes and props from the show are packed away the search will begin for someone new to take charge of future productions by this popular group which has had a string of hits in recent years, including Grease, The Wizard of Oz, Little Shop of Horrors and The Addams Family.

Pam said: “I've done 11 years with Young ‘Uns and nine shows and thoroughly enjoyed the experience but feel that the time is right to step down and let someone else take over the reins, so to speak.  

“Youngs ‘Uns has a great tradition going back 33 years and we really want to continue this success story.”

She explained: “The new producer will basically choose a show and put it to the committee for approval and then look to put together a production team, with director, choreographer and so on.

“ Currently have a group of 27 children with many waiting to join.

“The producer’s role is to organise all aspects of the show and co-ordinate all the teams involved in front of the curtains and behind the scenes.

“It can be hard work but it’s also a lot of fun and can be very rewarding, so if there’s anyone out there who reckons they could fit the bill we’d love to hear from them.”

* If you're interested in the role you can contact the Young ‘Uns at:

Oliver!, which is the group's 33rd production since it was founded in 1990, takes place from Thursday-Saturday, February 22-24, at 7.30pm, with a 2pm matinee of the last day.

Oliver! is a stage musical, with book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

It follows the tale of young Oliver from his early days in a grim workhouse, his escape to London where he meets up with the gag of trainee thieves led by the old rogue Fagin and the trials he faces at the hands of the villainous robber Bill Sikes.   

Production team for the Young 'Uns version is Robin Crowley (artistic director), Julian Cattley (musical director) Pam Williams (producer), Deirdre Smith (assistant producer) and Sarah Marshal (choreographer).

* Tickets are available from or Llangollen Tourist Information, Jades Hair and Beauty, Llangollen Oggie Shop & Fine Foods.

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