Oliver’s new Twist

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Twelve-year-old Angus Reid (pictured) is taking the lead role in Showbiz Queenstown’s Oliver! in his stride.

The Year 8 Wakatipu High pupil, who stars as the orphan Oliver Twist, hits the stage tonight for his second musical production after being in Les Miserables last year.

“It’s cool to know you’re being the lead but it’s lots of pressure,” Angus says.

Oliver!, based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel centred in seedy 1850s London, is about a boy who gets kicked out of an orphanage and finds himself caught up in crime and child trafficking on the streets before discovering his real family.

The curtain goes up on the 10-show season tonight at the Memorial Hall– the show runs till May 22.