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Olivia! (Youth Theater Musical)

by Malcolm Sircom

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"Olivia is an absolutely fantastic show in every way"

Woods Foundation School - Nottinghamshire

"Better than "Joseph"!"

Georgian Theatre Royal - Richmond - North Yorkshire

A Female Oliver!
• 21 speaking roles.
• Unlimited chorus parts.
• Easy to stage: adaptable.
• CD of backing tracks.
• Piano Score available.
• No fuss props.
• Duration – Two Hours.
• Age range - Key Stages 3 / 4 and 16 + Production. (11 - 18 years)
We now have available multi-packs of Scripts/Scores/CDs to enable your children to learn their Singing/Spoken parts at home.
P.S. Want to impress an inspector? This one ticks ALL the boxes!

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This brilliant and innovative show, set in Victorian times, traces the steps of Olivia, from downtrodden orphan to star of the stage. On her journey to the bright lights of London, she is befriended by Eliza Doolittle [from "My Fair Lady"] and, after a series of adventures becomes a singer in a new Gilbert and Sullivan show, thanks to the unlikely assistance of Fagin and The Artful Dodger.

Eliza and the flower-sellers are joined by other major female roles, and with orphans, “Poor School” girls, and essential chorus work, you will have no difficulty in casting this female-orientated show.

The boys, however, are not overlooked, with splendid cameos for George Bernard Shaw, Ebenezer Scrooge, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson. This feel-good show abounds with Malcolm Sircom's well-known wit and humour, both in the script and the songs which are catchy, lyrical, and full of gusto, as well as advancing the story-line.

Watch out for an outbreak of audience handkerchiefs in the final scene ! Then be prepared for a great reception for this wonderful musical. Running time, including interval, is approx. 2 hours, and a CD of backing tracks is available.


Product code: OMS

Act One Scene One - Mrs Murdstone's Orphanage For Girls

Song 1: ORPHANS The cruel, tyrannical Mrs Murdstone introduces Olivia, a new orphan, who has been expelled from a local convent for misbehaviour [just girlish naughtiness]. The girls fill her in about the horrible conditions, work [endless sewing] and food [Song 2: SLOP] Dicken, the handyman and slop-maker, not the brightest knife in the drawer, appears & dishes out the slop. Olivia revolts, goes up to Dickens & Mrs M, and asks for less slop, less work. Shock, horror! Mrs M threatens her with The Hole, a damp, underground cell, but Olivia runs off and manages to escape, to the orphans cheers and Mrs M's wrath. [Song 3: Reprise: ORPHANS]

Scene Two A Country Lane

Olivia reflects on the cruelty of the adults she's met so far, and wonders if she'll find happiness anywhere. [Song 4: HAPPINESS SOMEWHERE] Dicken appears, having been sent by Mrs D to catch Olivia, but he proves to be quite nice. He says he would never return her to that hell-hole, and wishes her luck on her journey to London.

Scene Three Covent Garden, London

Song 5: LONDON - Five flower-sellers are seated on the Covent Garden steps, among whom is Eliza Doolittle, and Annie, a lady who both talks posh and has lost her memory of everything up to about ten years ago. Eliza sings:- [Song 6: I WANT TO BE A LADY] and tells the other girls about a dream she had about being made into a lady by a professor. Who should overhear her conversation but George Bernard Shaw, who thinks her dream might make a good play, and takes her to tea at the Ritz. [Song 7: Reprise: I WANT TO BE A LADY] The other girls have a chat, then, as business is slack before the opera, go to tea themselves at a cafe.

Fagin & The Artful Dodger enter, wondering how to earn a living and reminiscing about the old times [before Oliver Twist undid them] [Song 8: GOOD TIMES] Eliza & GB Shaw return from tea, and Olivia enters, new in London. Fagin & Dodger persuade her to ask GB Shaw for directions. As she does so, Dodger lifts GBS's wallet, & he and Dodger flee.

GBS is all for having Olivia arrested, until Eliza intervenes and calms him down. GBS then reveals it was a false wallet that only held two opera tickets, that he couldn't go to anyway. He leaves, having given both Eliza & Olivia a pound in apology for distrusting Olivia. Eliza takes her under her wing, says she can stay with her that night, and in the morning she'll take her to Mrs Dilber, a benevolent old biddy who runs a school for girls. Suddenly Olivia is really happy. [Song 9: SUDDENLY] They leave, and Fagin & Dodger enter. Dodger persuades Fagin that they should use GBS's tickets, and go to the opera. [Song 10: LET'S GO TO THE OPERA] The opera crowd enter and go in. Four hours later, they stagger out. Fagin has lost the will to live, but Dodger is galvanically enthused, and decides he is going to be a singer. [All this during the song, which is Act 1 Finale, and ends with the fat lady singing!]

Act Two
Scene One - Mrs Dilber's Poor School for Girls
Mrs Dilber introduces today's lesson to the girls, which is about life [Song 11: THAT'S LIFE] Eliza, an old friend of Mrs D, introduces Olivia to her & the girls, then leaves. Olivia gets on splendidly. The routine is lessons in the morning, earning one's keep after that, in whatever way is suitable for each girl's talent. Asked what her particular talent is, Olivia replies she's only really good at singing, which is true. Asked to give an example, Olivia sings a little tune ,which she's known all her life, but of which she only knows a few words. [Song 12: IF THERE'S A STAR] Mrs D decides her place will be in a charity-collecting group for the charity which begins at home! Then a girl, Derbhile comes in, with laundry from Sweeney Todd the barber. Derbhile being Irish, Olivia gets everyone to do:- [Music 13: THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN JIG] Derbhile opens Sweeney's bundle. Not only is it bloodstained, but a severed finger falls out. Olivia persuades Mrs D, who has a dodgy past and is at first reluctant, to take it to the police. Mrs D gives them all a holiday. [Song 14: Reprise: THAT'S LIFE]

Scene Two Covent Garden

The flower sellers are chatting. Annie is late, as she fell downstairs and bumped her head. This brings back a memory of lying in a field with smoke and noise. The bump has jogged her amnesia, and Eliza takes her to see a friend of hers, who can help find out who she is.

Olivia and two girls enter. The 2 girls rattle their charity tins to little effect, so Olivia shows then how to do it, as a crowd comes on. [Song 15: THE CHARITY RAG] Ebenezer Scrooge enters, and she even gets him to contribute! [Song 16: Reprise: THE CHARITY RAG]

Everybody exits except Olivia. Fagin & Dodger enter. Lo and behold they've become straight, and are singers with a Gilbert and Sullivan try-out. They need a young girl singer, and Olivia fits the bill exactly. [Song 17: BE AN ACTOR]

Scene Three - Sherlock Holmes's Study

Eliza introduces Annie to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, and asks them to find out her identity, Holmes is bored and case-less at the moment and is delighted to take it on board. Annie, left alone, sings:- [Song 18: WHO AM I?]

Scene Four The Savoy Theatre

[Trial by Judge and a new Gilbert & Sullivan piece]]

Song 18: HERE COMES THE JUDGE The Judge [Fagin] enters and asks The Criminal [Dodger] to state his case. [Song 19: THE CRIMINAL'S SONG] This is a typical G & S patter song, quite quick, and the Judge asks for it again, at double tempo [Song 20: Reprise: THE CRIMINAL'S SONG] The Judge is not inclined to clemency, unless someone can put forward mitigating evidence. The Daughter [Olivia] steps forward. [Song 21: THE CONVICT'S CHILD] This tear-jerker reduces the whole court to tears, and the Judge releases The Criminal. After The Judge has left, The Criminal thanks The Daughter, pays her £5, and asks her what her name is. [Song 22: 2nd Reprise: THE CRIMINAL'S SONG]

Scene Five Covent Garden

Annie is having more flashbacks. Holmes and Watson arrive, and disclose that Annie was a victim in a train crash ten years ago, and are about to reveal more when Dodger, Fagin & Olivia appear, to applause, as new theatre stars. Olivia is asked to sing, and starts If There's A Star the 2nd line of which Annie takes over. It transpires that they are mother and daughter! Both then sing [Song 23: Reprise: IF THERE'S A STAR] [IS THIS IS A BIG WEEPIE MOMENT, OR WHAT????]

Mrs D and the girls appear. Mrs D's dodgy record on police files has been expunged as a result of her exposing Sweeney Todd. Holmes and Watson know a Professor Higgins, who can make Eliza's dream come true. Dicken appears. The evil Mrs.Murdstone has been deposed, and the place shut down. Finally, Ebenezer Scrooge offers drinks all round!

Song 24: Finale: OLIVIA


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Olivia, an orphan girl, 10-12 years old [who is also The Daughter in “Trial By Judge”]
Mrs. Murdstone, a cruel, tyrannical middle-aged Harridan in charge of an Orphanage
Eliza Doolittle, leader of the group of flower-sellers
Annie, well-spoken flower-seller
Queenie, a flower-seller
Doris, a flower-seller
Flo, a flower-seller
Mrs. Dilber, middle-aged owner of a Poor School, as nice as Mrs.Murdstone is nasty
Mrs. Hudson, Sherlock Holmes’ housekeeper
Emily & Charlotte, Poor School girls.

Placard Girl, Chorus of Orphans, Poor School girls, Londoners & opera-goers, and Chorus in “Trial By Judge”


Dicken, handyman at the orphanage, not the brightest knife in the draw, but kindly
Ebenezer Scrooge
George Bernard Shaw
Fagin [who can also be The Judge in “Trial By Judge”]
The Artful Dodger [who is also The Criminal in “Trial By Judge”]
Sherlock Holmes
Doctor Watson
The Usher in “Trial By Judge” [could be female]
The Judge in “Trial By Judge” [if not Fagin]
The Policeman in “Trial By Judge”

Chorus of Londoners, Fagin’s “Ghost Gang”, opera-goers, Chorus in “Trial By Judge”


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Customer Reviews

A great take on a classic story.

Our school has just completed this concert and it was terrific. My daughter played Queenie and her lines got the most laughs - a great take on a classic story.
Review by Liz Brogno - Proud Mum.

Olivia is an absolutely fantastic show in every way.

Olivia is an absolutely fantastic show in every way. The music is top drawer stuff (challenging and melodic with carefully constructed lyrics) whilst the script is funny with plenty of opportunities for creative direction. Well done Malcolm.
Review by Woods Foundation School - Nottingham.


Fantastic! Easy to put on with 30 year 7-10 pupils, costumes easy to assemble, dances easy to create - thoroughly enjoyed by all performers and excellent feedback from audience!
Review by Colin Quinton - Performing Arts Director.

Better than "Joseph."

Fantastic for cast and audience. The best show I've directed; better than "Joseph".
Review by Georgian Theatre Royal - Richmond - North Yorkshire.

Great musical.

This is a great musical; the songs are great and so is the script.
Review by Lucy - Cast Member.

My Year 6 loved it!

This was a fantastic show, with a great script and excellent songs. My Year 6 loved it!

Review by Amanda Whiteley - Key Stage 2 Teacher - CSG Junior School.

Funny and very enjoyable!

My class are doing it and we love it! It is funny, musical, smart and very enjoyable! I am playing The Artful Dodger and I love my lines! My school is an all girls' school and we have great girls playing boys. Whoever reads this and is a teacher pick this play! There are really funny characters in this play.
Anyway you should get this play for 11-14 year olds. Thanks for reading!
Review by Shelly - Cast Member - Our Lady of Mercy, Dublin, Ireland.


We've now done "Ebenezer" "Rocky Horror Show" "Olivia" and NEXT....WE LOVE MALCOLM SIRCOM'S MUSICALS!
"Dracula Rock Show!"
Review by Adrian Marple - Stoke College - Stoke on Trent.

Fantastic Family Fun.

Performed in this show as part of the Lime Walk Players a few months back. It has a great script, so easy to remember, catchy songs that you will be singing even when the show's over, and needs very little in the way of staging, props, lighting, etc.
The audiences were fantastic and on a couple of the evenings, the laughter seemed to be constant. Hardly a chance for them to catch breath between lines.
I was proud to be part of this show (as Artful Dodger) and can't wait to see what the Players decide to do for the next show. I'm told it's likely to be by Malcom Sircom again. If so, I can't wait. It's bound to be brilliant!

Review by Roy Peach - Lime Walk Players, Oxford

Fantastic musical show for wide age range and ability

I chose this show as we have a wide age and ability range of young people.. what a choice! It's a great vehicle for the experienced and more inexperienced alike. Great catchy songs that everyone found easy to learn and audiences loved. A very clever, witty script that our older ones thoroughly enjoyed having fun with. All our young people had a fantastic rehearsal period and show week with lots of tears when it ended from both cast and audience! Easy to stage and costume using very little scenery and props... so cheap too!
Review by Janet Philbrook- Director Stage Door Youth Theatre - Colne - Lancs

Fun, no matter who you are

I'm doing this play at my school - I'm Eliza - and I love it! The flower sellers are guaranteed to make people laugh, and the orphanage scenes in the first half are very Victorian!
Review by Georgia Luckhurst, King's School Rochester

Fantastic show - easy to stage, funny with a catchy musical score!

This is now the second year I have produced Olivia! with pupils aged between 10-18. On both occasions the show was well received by the audience. The script is adaptable to individual circumstances and it is possible to have cast members playing multiple parts. The script is abound with humour, wit and backed up with lyrical and catchy musical numbers. The audience enjoy the references to well-known characters and are engaged fully from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
Review by Ryan Lowe, Tobermory High School, Isle of Mull

Funny fab script suitable for all abilities

Our young cast had great fun rehearsing for this show and the funny script kept us adults amused throughout... a great refreshing change to perform something new and fresh !!! lots of surprise appearances along the way....
Review by Giz Giz Youth Theatre project (Aberdeen)

Absolutely Brilliant

After sitting on the script of this production for a while I decided to go ahead and do it.
Auditions were dissappointing, so i hand picked the cast. And boy did i do the right thing. From start to finish it was so positive.
It was an absolute success, from our point of view and the audiences.
It was such a shame to finish the run.
Great from start to finish. Can't rate it highly enough!!
Review by JEMS Musical Produtions

The best musical ever!

it was the best musical ever because we all loved it. 300 students and 200 parents watched it as the end of year play by year 6.
Review by Heygarth Primary School, Eastham, Wirral


We are doing this play in 2 weeks and all of the cast are really enjoying this. I'm playing the part of Eliza Doolitle. i love doing the cockney accent and the songs.
I also love Queenies lines they are sooo funny. My fave one is where she says "i give him a hand with me rolling pin!" true genius.
Review by Chase Lane Primary School - Bethan


This was a great play and I was in this play as my old school performed it and it was fab.
Review by Annoynmous


This show was a huge success. We did it for the end of Year 6 production and everyone loved it. So many people said that it was the best play at MHSG Year 6. It was really fun getting make up done, sorting out costumes etc. it was so much fun performing and was the best play I have ever done.
Review by Alizah Manchester High School For Girls


I'm in year 6 and we have just got our script!!! I'm so Excited about performing this play as it is very funny and entertaining!
Review by Fleur A.K.A Eliza Doolittle, Batheaston Primary School, Bath


I remember doing this play when I was in year 6! It was amazing! I was the fat lady, which was incredibly enjoyable and I got a lot of laughs for it!
Review by Annoynmous

The Best Ever!

I played Eliza in this, and I had so much fun. Brilliant songs, everyone enjoyed it! I was a huge success! So many laughs!
Review by Isabella, Merryhills Primary School

Amazing Olivia!

Review by Sude-Brook Community Primary School


I LOVED IT. Well done to the cast. I loved every single part of it .

Review by Brook Community Primary School, Hackney

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Song Samples

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Song Title

Happiness Somewhere

I Want To Be A Lady

Let's Go To The Opera



Charity Rag

The Convict's Child

The Criminal's Song

Who Am I?



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