THE young cast of Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre's Oliver are doing their best to stay upbeat and sharp as they wait for new performance dates.
Oliver was postponed when the last Victorian lockdown was announced the week Nexus was to premiere its production.
Since then the company has been working with Bendigo Venues and Events on securing a new date but crowd capacity restrictions have slowed the process.
"It is difficult not to be discouraged but the fact (the cast) is still trying to connect by different means and meet together to still rehearse - they want that end date of getting onstage," Ms Lovell said.
"In our last online meeting, I asked how everyone was feeling and their faces just asked if they were still going on. After I told them our plans, that the venues are still working for us and that we have the support of entire community, they felt a lot better.
"Tribe (Youth Theatre) has called us and given us cheers, BTC has done the same, Having everyone behind us and being so supportive, and telling them that, means a lot."
Linda Kidd, who plays Nancy, said keeping in touch and doing activities together online had helped her to stay connected and optimistic.
"It has been important to me in the last two years to lean on each other and the support we provide each other because we are all on the same journey, going through the same setbacks," she said.
"Our directors haven't given up on us, so I'm not giving up on working hard and getting ready to perform for whenever that may be."
Year 12 student Leroy Miller, who plays Fagin, said that while it was easy to see the interruptions were disheartening, he was sure the end product would be worth it.
"What keeps myself and I'm sure everyone else going here in our cast is that there is no doubt that we will perform," he said. "And when we do we'll have quite the amazing show for the City of Greater Bendigo."
Melyce Cook has been cast as the alternate Oliver and said the cast was definitely optimistic.
"It's been really hard dealing with the news of the interruptions, especially when we have been so close to performing and we've been working on this show for almost two years now," she said.
"I think that staying in contact with the cast and playing games over zoom has been something that has helped all the cast keep their energy up, and stay optimistic over this long process."
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