When nine-year-old Bailey Smith landed her first lead role in Tadcaster Theatre Company’s latest production, it was on the understanding she kept her long hair.
For the York Minster School pupil, who recently moved to Bishopthorpe from Scarthingwell, is to play Oliver.
Grandmother Lesley Jones and TTC member, said: “Bailey turned up to the auditions dressed as an urchin boy and was asked to sing Where is Love.
“She was then asked to read from the script and the decision was obvious. She was a better boy than the boys.
“And so TTC bravely took the decision to cast her, regardless of concerns by some that it may be unbelievable.”
Lesley added: “But no, she hasn’t had her long hair cut, Nana said no.”
Oliver will be staged from November 24-28 at Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster at 7.30pm.
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Fagin is played by York stalwart Steve Padfield, Nancy by Alison Davies from Sherburn, Bill by Peter Fletcher from Towton, and Dodger by Noah Doyle from Wetherby, another regular performer on stage.
“The comedy pairing of Terry Ford as Mr Bumble and Clare Meadley as Widow Corney is simply a perfect match,” added Lesley.
Bill’s dog is played by Zack, from Tadcaster, and Oliver is being directed by Angela Edwards with Helen Wright as Musical Director.
Tadcasters next major production will be Jesus Christ Superstar next Easter.