Oliver! The Musical
by Lionel Bart
Directed by RuthAnn Pattee (Fayston)
Musical Direction by Michael Halloran (Montpelier)
Dates: October 4 – 20, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2pm
$20 for evening shows
$16 for matinees / special $10 for opening Sunday
You can also call 583-1674 to make a reservation.
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike. Oliver originally graced the Valley Players stage in 2008, and tells the story of Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, who becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.
Oliver Twist - Christopher Cummiskey (Warren) and Tarin Askew (Warren) - the main character of the story. He is a small, lonely orphan boy born in the workhouse.
Fagin - Matthew Winston (Williamstown) - a conniving career criminal. Takes in homeless boys and teaches them to pick pockets for him.
Bill Sikes - TBD -a villainous burglar. One of Fagin's former successful pickpockets.
Nancy - Marie Schmukal (Warren) - Bill Sikes's girlfriend. She is streetwise and loyal to Bill, to a fault. Takes a protective liking to Oliver.
The Artful Dodger - Zoe Blackman (Waitsfield) - the cleverest of Fagin's pickpockets, she introduces Fagin to Oliver.
Mr. Bumble - Jeff Tolbert (Randolph) - the pompous manager of the workhouse in which Oliver was born.
Mrs. Corney - Ginger Greene (Waitsfield) - the matron of the workhouse where Oliver was born, later marries Mr. Bumble.
Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry - Susan Loynd (Fayston) & Cynthia Seckler (Fayston) - the insensitive couple who take in Oliver and use him in their funeral business.
Charlotte Sowerberry - Maddie Commo (Waterbury) - the rude and often flirtatious daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry.
Noah Claypole - Ashley Hall (Warren) - The Sowerberrys' apprentice, he bullies Oliver about his mother.
Bet - Allie Brooks (Warren) - works for Fagin and idolizes Nancy.
Mr. Brownlow - Tom Badowski (Moretown) - a kind gentleman, wealthy; revealed to be Oliver’s grandfather.
Dr. Grimwig - Jay Carpenter (Warren) - foppish doctor and friend of Mr. Brownlow.
Mrs. Bedwin - Rachel Natvig (Northfield) - housekeeper to Mr. Brownlow and caregiver to Oliver.
Old Sally - Cheri Lundblad (Moretwon) - nurse at Oliver's birth. Old Sally steals Agnes's (Oliver's mother's) gold locket which is the only clue to Oliver's identity.
"Who Will Buy" Quartet: Kirsten Reilly (Warren), Allie Brooks, Ashley Hall, Annie McMillion (Waitsfield)
ENSEMBLE: Andrew Roy (Montpelier), Marci Robinson (Warren), Charlotte Robinson (Warren)
Orphans & Pickpockets: Abigail Leighty (Warren), Annie McMillion (Waitsfield), Lucy Badger (Waitsfield), Jasper Mayone (Fayston), Julia Cox (Waitsfield), Camille Edgcomb (Warren), Molly Carpenter (Warren), Lessa Dreimiller (Waitsfield)
Oliver! Musical Numbers
Food, Glorious Food – Oliver and Orphans
Oliver! – Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Corney, Orphans
I Shall Scream – Mrs. Corney and Mr. Bumble
Boy for Sale – Mr. Bumble
That’s Your Funeral – Mr. & Mrs. Sowerberry and Mr. Bumble
Where Is Love? – Oliver
Consider Yourself – Dodger, Oliver, and Ensemble
You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two – Fagin and Pickpockets
It’s A Fine Life – Nancy, Bet, and Pickpockets
I’d Do Anything – Nancy, Dodger, Bet, Oliver, Fagin, and Pickpockets
Be Back Soon – Fagin and Pickpockets
Oom-Pah-Pah – Nancy and Ensemble
My Name – Bill Sikes
As Long As He Needs Me – Nancy
Where Is Love? (Reprise) – Mrs. Bedwin
Who Will Buy? – Oliver, Rose Seller, Milk Maid, Strawberry Seller, Knife Grinder, and Ensemble
It’s A Fine Life (Reprise) – Nancy, Fagin, Sikes, Dodger
Reviewing the Situation – Fagin
Oliver! (Reprise) – Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney
As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise) – Nancy
Reviewing the Situation (Reprise) – Fagin
Consider Yourself (Bows) – Entire Company