Oliver!

October 3-12 2008

 

The Crew

Cynthia Seckler, Producer
Ruth Ann Pattee, Artistic Director
Timothy Guiles, Music Director
Nina Brennan, Choreographer
Francis Moran, Photographer

The Cast

OLIVER........................... Brin Schoellkopf
FAGIN..............................Jonathan Sanborn
NANCY.............................Sharon Dube
ARTFUL DODGER.............Corey Kline
BILL SYKES.....................Michael LeMay
MR. BUMBLE....................Karl Klein
WIDOW CORNEY.............Teresa Langston
MR SOWERBERRY..........Michael Carr
MRS SOWERBERRY........Nina Brennan
BET.......................................Emma Kessler
NOAH CLAYPOLE.............Stephen Guion
CHARLOTTE.....................Kerianne Morehouse
MRS. BEDWIN ..................Cynthia Seckler
MR BROWNLOW................Sal Spinosa
DR GRIMWIG......................TBA

ORPHANS/THIEVES:

  • Eleanor Reilly

  • Sadie Bolger - understudy Oliver

  • Devon Kiernan

  • Tommy Maloney

  • Isabel Carr

  • Josh Seckler - understudy Dodger

  • Olivia Wimble

  • Owen Leavey

CHORUS:

  • Shannon Pitonyak

  • Joanne Breidenstein

  • Kirsten Reilly

  • Brian Watson

  • Ruth Ann Pattee

About the Show

"Oliver!" is based on the novel "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens, and tells the classic tale of the orphan who endures life on the streets of London in the 1880's until finally being re-united with his grandfather. The musical was written by Lionel Bart, and was first presented in 1963 in London, where it played for over 2,000 performances at the New Theatre. It features outstanding musical numbers including Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, and As Long As He Needs Me. The play won three Tony Awards, for Composer and Lyricist, Conductor and Musical Director, and Scenic Designer, and was turned into a 1968 film which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Synopsis

The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table, center stage, where the boys will sit. These pale-faced wretches can be seen peering through the bars of a door at the back. Looming above two curving stairways glows the legend "God Is Love" in rough letters. The door is opened and the boys file to the table and sing Food, Glorious Food. At the end of the song, the Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse and Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, enter and a thin gruel is served. Wolfing the meager fare, the boys hopelessly stack their bowls, but the hapless Oliver approaches Bumble with the entreaty, "Please sir, I want some more." He is instantly subdued with the song Oliver. At its finish, Oliver is locked behind the barred door as the rest of the boys exit upstairs. Mr. Bumble and the widow flirt in the song, I Shall Scream!
     Oliver is brought forward, bag and baggage, and is led off by Bumble who sings the haunting Boy for Sale. Walking through the streets of London, they arrive at Mr. Sowerberry's, the undertaker, where he and his wife sing of their profession in That's Your Funeral. Oliver is "sold" to the undertaker. Alone and frightened and surrounded by coffins on stage, he sings the plaintive Where Is Love?
     Oliver runs away the very next morning, and is picked up hungry and tired in the streets by the Artful Dodger who cheers him up with Consider Yourself. The Dodger leads him through crowded streets to Fagin's kitchen. The boys come in and Fagin himself appears and, with a mock solemn welcome to Oliver, sings the fantastic You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Nancy, Bill Sikes' girl and Bet arrive. The two of them, accompanied by the boys and Fagin, celebrate their way of life in It's a Fine Life. The action moves to the next morning when Fagin sends the boys off on a pocket-picking expedition with the song Be Back Soon, Oliver among them. The stage now displays a city scene and we witness the capture of Oliver, not for picking pockets, but for simply looking guilty.
     In the second act the curtain rises on the "Three Cripples"-an underworld tavern-where Nancy is being encouraged to sing a music hall number, Oom-Pah-Pah. Bill Sikes enters and sings of his dreadful reputation in My Name. Fagin's boys pour down the stairs telling of Oliver's apprehension by the police, at the same time revealing that his innocence has been established and that he is presently ensconced in the home of a rich old gentleman. Fearful lest he give away their set-up, Fagin and Sikes dispatch Nancy to get Oliver back. Fearful of Sikes, she sings As Long as He Needs Me.
     Meanwhile, at the home of his new-found benefactor, the erstwhile ragged Oliver has become a well-tailored, well-cared for little lad. Looking out of his bedroom window he observes some passing street vendors crying their wares; he sings Who Will Buy? A plea that his good luck and new situation in life will be permanent. However, the moment he sets foot outside his benefactor's house, Oliver is seized and dragged off by Nancy to Fagin's.
     In the next scene Fagin occupies the empty stage and considers going straight in Reviewing the Situation. Subsequently, Bumble and Mrs. Corney, now uncomfortably married, discover that Oliver is the scion of a rich family. Their scheme to get him back fails and Nancy, regretting her part in the capture of Oliver, plans to return him to his benefactor at night on London Bridge. Sikes stalks her and kills her. He grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is himself shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor and Fagin, now without boys, home and money, reprises Reviewing the Situation.