Director Pat Payne has a really nice Oliver in Connor Martin – bright voice, being on top of his role. Oliver is a classic Charles Dickens main character – caught in a series of adventures/misadventures due to circumstances beyond his/her control. In the case of Oliver Twist,
Duncan Doherty, playing Fagin, may have an asterisk with his name, but he clearly has a practiced voice. The best scene in the show is “Reviewing the Situation,” with Fagin/Duncan Doherty vividly working the fine points of the pithy song and playing off the interludes with the violinist in the pit.
Also strong is Bethany Leinss, as the abused
Sydney Wickland has an interesting take on The Artful Dodger. She is extremely nimble, and the dancer in her makes The Artful Dodger springy and active. Sydney Wickland fires up “Consider Yourself,” one of the lively ensemble dances numbers.
The story and production pose quite the demands to pull off. The scope of
At the end, a bundle of energy fills the sweeping stage. On opening night, Friday, May 9, the show received a standing ovation.
Performances continue through May 17. Info: www.sheboygantheatrecompany.com.
Creative: Book, music and lyrics – Lionel Bart; director – Pat Payne; choreographer – Veronica Lampe; music director – Sandra Kasten; stage manager - Shari Roehl; set designer – Bernie Markovitch; sound designer – Gary Kaiser; lighting designer – Pat Smith.
Cast: Oliver Twist – Connor Martin; Nancy – Bethany Leinss; Fagin – Duncan Doherty; Bill Sykes – Erik Tanck; The Artful Dodger – Sydney Wickland; Bet – Logan Schreiber; Mr. Bumble – Lee Trotta; Widow Corney – Koral Rose Curkeet; Mr. Brownlow – Jim Johnson; Sowerberrys – Elizabeth Albeck and Maria Payant; Dr. Grimwig – Bernie Markovitch; Charlotte – Indigo Beilfuss; Charles Bates – Roberta Meyer; Noah – Misha-el Maier; Mrs. Bedwin – Indigo Beilfuss; Old Sally – Lacey Pfister. Kids Ensemble – Marcus Allison; Emma Annis; Jack Annis; Daniel Ellair; Asher Helgeson; Dustin Holmer, Amber Klobucher, Kay Lee Krieski, Iris Lor, Misha-el Maier, Abigail Meulbroek, Roberta Meyer, Christian Pena, Vanessa Phonesaythip, Andi Roehl, Hannah Shavartsman, Isaac Shvartsman, Holly Zufelt; Adult Ensemble – Debra Kelm, Indigo Beilfuss, Lacey Pfister, Steven Lee, Quinn Zwick, Jim Johnson.
“Food, Glorious Food,” Oliver, Kids
“Oliver,” Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney, Ensemble
“I Shall Scream,” Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney
“That’s Your Funeral,” the Sowerberrys, Mr. Bumble
“Where Is Love?” Oliver
“Consider Yourself,” The Artful Dodger, Oliver, Ensemble
“You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” Fagin, Kids
“It’s a Fine Life,”
“I’d Do Anything,” The Artful Dodger,
“Be Back Soon,” Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Kids
“My Name,” Bill Sikes
“As Long as He Needs Me,”
“Where Is Love?” (Reprise), Mrs. Bedwin
“Who Will Buy?” – Oliver, Street Criers, Ensemble
“It’s a Fine Life” (Reprise), Bill Sikes, Nancy, Fagin, The Artful Dodger
“Reviewing the Situation,” Fagin
“Oliver!” (Reprise), Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney
“As Long as He Needs Me” (Reprise),
“Reviewing the Situation”(Reprise),” Fagin
“Food, Glorious Food” (Reprise), Company
“Consider Yourself” (Reprise), Company
“I'd Do Anything” (Reprise) Company
NEXT SEASON: “9 to 5 the Musical,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Sound of Music.”
THE VENUE: The 870-seat Leslie W. Johnson Theatre is a spacious facility in the shape of an amphitheater. The seats are red. The ceiling is high. The front row of seats is on the performance level, which is a half circle. A proscenium (flat front) stage area extends across the rear line of the half circle. For “Oliver!” the performance area makes full use of the space, with the orchestra occupying half the central area and changing scenes arriving and departing aboard lifts just behind the orchestra. The theater is located in
THE PEOPLE: Leslie W. Johnson was a
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