It’s a Tony award winning British musical and the cast of its local showing ranges from 6 to 18 years of age. Based loosely on the book “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, the 48-year-old musical is being staged for only six performances at The Center for the Arts, starting tonight.
“Oliver” is the tale of a boy who escapes from the orphanage only to end up in the company of pick pockets. When Oliver has a chance to live a good life, bad man Bill Sykes throws a monkey wrench into the plan. Sykes’ good-hearted girlfriend, Nancy, is pulled this way and that, finally making the right choice by Oliver.
Lionel Bart’s wonderful musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic was the first London stage musical to be transplanted to Broadway with the same kind of sensation it received in England. Bart’s unforgettable music and lyrics include such classics as “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” Where is Love,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and “Who Will Buy.” You’ll be humming them for days.
This production is part of the center’s new Youth Musical Theatre Program, which is sponsored by The Grass Valley Kiwanis, SPD Markets and The Barker Family. It is a good example of what volunteere activity can achieve in a community.
KNOW & GO
WHAT: “Oliver” – the musical
WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight (preview night); 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday (also July 18 and 19); and 2 p.m. Sunday.
WHERE: Center of the Arts, 314 West Main St., Grass Valley
ADMISSION: Dress preview tonight is $10 for all seats. All other performances (open seating): $15 in advance or $20 at the door; $12 for students with ID and seniors 65 & up, $12 for children. Group rates available.
Purchase tickets through the center’s Box Office and online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org.
INFORMATION: Call (530) 274-8384, extension 14.
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