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Oliver!
by Lionel Bart (from the novel by Charles Dickens)
Cast
Bob Bender
Alex Bhargava
Andrew Bolden
Forrest Browne
Elijah Clark
Wesley Coleman
Daniel Durgavich
Angelica Fallin-Totten
Paige Farrington-Himes
Samantha Franklin
Hugo Kessler
Tyler King
Sydney Kirwan
Connor Knutsen
Greg Lee
Nora Leibold
Dawne LeKang
Jennifer Levy
Paul Neiswander
John Norquist
Jordi Parry
Paul Parry
Mimi Preda
Margie Remmers
Aaron Schlesinger
Michael Schlesinger
Morgan Sendek
Lanny  Slusher
Lyle Smythers
Alex Stone
Linda Stone
Nick Stone
Sarah Tate
Alexis Vasconez
Denise Wade
Brittany Walsh
Mary Kate Watson
 
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Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday Matinees at 2pm
at the Alden Theatre Jul 10, 2009 - Jul 25, 2009
Producer: Mike Scott
Director: Kevin McCormack , Pamela McCormack
Music Director: Joe Gems
Assistant to Music Director: Lori Roddy
Technical Director: George Farnsworth
Presented by special arrangement with
TAMS Witmark Music Library
 


The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table. Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse, and Mr Bumble, the parish beadle, enter to serve gruel to the boys. Alone amongst them Oliver takes the bowl to Bumble and asks, Please, Sir, I want some more. Bumble is outraged. Oliver is sold to Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker.

He runs away and meets the Artful Dodger and is taken to a hideout to meet Fagin and the apprentice thieves. Next morning Oliver goes with the boys and is arrested by the police, not for picking pockets but simply for looking guilty.

Fagin's boys tell of Oliver's arrest by the police but that, as he has been found to be innocent, he is now safe in the house of a kindly, rich gentleman. However, outside the house he is captured by Nancy and she returns him to Fagin.

Bumble and Mrs Corney, now married, discover that Oliver is the heir to a rich family and try to get him back. Oliver is restored to his benefactor who, as it turns out, is his own grandfather.

Oliver! is truly a masterpiece and shows off the talents of Lionel Bart at his best. As one reviewer put it, "With this show, the audience whistles the tunes as they COME IN to the theatre."


MCP is grateful for the generous support of:
McLean Community Foundation Arts Council of Fairfax County  

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