Pooch puts twist in Oliver tale

Bumble the dog as Bullseye with Bill Sikes (Daniel Fairgrieve)

Oliver (George Tucker) and cast

First published in News

ST AUGUSTINE’S Catholic College in Trowbridge has a pup-ular new star in its production of Oliver! this week.

Bumble the dog is playing the role of Bullseye, joining 90 Year 7-13 pupils at the sold out shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday, and will be on stage for tonight’s finale.

The two-and-a-half year old bulldog already visits St George’s Preschool in War-minster to walk with the children and has joined the cast of Oliver! during their rehearsals last week.

Bumble’s owner, Adam Sturdee, who teaches history at St Augustine’s said: “She really loves children. She is very good and can follow a number of basic commands like sit, watch and wait.”

Deputy head Ann Cusack said: “The students have thrown themselves into it and everyone has got involved in the set design and costume making. It is visually exciting.

“There has also been a cross curricular dimension with students learning about poverty in the workhouses.”

Money raised from the ticket sales will go towards children’s charity Barnardos.

Year Nine pupil Lucy Gray said: “I think it is really important we are raising money for Barnardos because we should be thinking of everyone in our society and how we can help.”

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