The North Platte Community Playhouse will present the epic musical OLIVER! in early February. OLIVER!is the story of a young orphan and his journey from a London workhouse to joining Fagin and his group of pickpockets, all the while searching for unconditional love and acceptance.
The show features many epic numbers including “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long as He Needs Me,” and many more.
OLIVER! was first presented in London, where it played for 2,618 performances at the New Theatre. It played 774 performances on Broadway at the Imperial and Shubert Theatres starring Georgia Brown and Clive Revill as Nancy and Fagin.
It has been revived several times on Broadway, as in 1984 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, and in London in 1994 at the Palladium, starring Jonathan Pryce as Fagin.
The NPCP presented this epic musical in 1995, and has decided to revive the production due to its huge popularity. This is the third production of the season for the NPCP.
The show will make a six-night run over two weekends -- Feb. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. Tickets go on sale Monday Feb. 4 and are $15 for adults and $8 for children and students.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.northplattecommunityplayhouse.com, at the NPCP Box Office Monday-Friday from noon-5 p.m. by calling (308) 532-8559 or at the door before any performances. The Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
The show is directed by Scott Carlson and John Hales with musical director Lori Swanson, choreographer Amariah Hodgen and stage manager Bryan Solko.
OLIVER!is produced through a special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
“The cast has shown extreme dedication and are anxious to share their amazing talent with central Nebraska,” Carlson said.
The cast members are:
Oliver Twist - Drew Phillips
Fagin - Ben Hill
Artful Dodger - George Gipe
Nancy - Sophie Markley
Bill Sykes - Josh Gesinski
Mr. Bumble - Tom Clements
Widow Corney - Lodelia Baxter
Mr. Sowerberry - Ben Bartholomew
Mrs. Sowerberry - Shawna Beeler
Mr. Brownlow - John Browers
Bet - Emma Wilkinson
Charlotte - Ceara Roundy
Noah Claypole - Seth Vapenik
Mrs. Bedwin - Debra Sylvia
Dr. Grimwig - Morris Turner
Old Sally - Kayla Turner
Charley Bates - Tanner Hand
Old Lady - Forence Gonzales-Todd
Rose Seller - Shawna Beeler
Milk Maid - Tiffany Wood
Strawberry Seller - Amariah Hodgen
Knife Grinder - Richard Sylvia
Workhouse Children - Ciera Carlson, Jaylee Shaner, Cecelia Fuller, Beth Goentzel, Mia Hilber-Hansmeier, Krystal Rauterkus, Chloe Wiegand, Emberleigh Lehman, Rachel Young, Kaylee Carlson, McKinley Ponce, Brenna McAdam, Molly Young, Ella Harmon, Oban Sandoval, Sam Mackley.
Fagin's Gang - Ciera Carlson, Cecelia Fuller, Beth Goentzel, Emberleigh Lehman, Oban Sandoval, Matt Walker, Luke McKeon, Seth Mavigliano, Halie Fleecs, Katelyn Walker, Bridget McKeon, Sydney McGahan, Alyssa Waits, Sidney Brinker, Cassie Brown, Ally Hasenauer,Will Huffman
Adult Chorus - Allison Klimek, Seth Vapenik, Tiffany Wood, Debra Sylvia, Amariah Hodgen, Deb Wurl.