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January 9, 2007 > It's theatre time again

It's theatre time again

'Please sir, may I have more?'

Stage 1 Theatre's "Oliver!", adapted from Charles Dickens' classic 1838 novel "Oliver Twist" -- is a generous, big-hearted show that manages to blend Dickens' bleak world of Victorian England with song and dance.

Set against the blight and despair of the workhouses and orphanages in 19th century England are a gaggle of appealing young urchins who open the show as they sing and dance to "Food, Glorious Food." Then the story of Oliver, the gentle orphan, begins to unfold revealing him to possess an unmistakable pure soul.

The musical chronicles the adventures of the orphaned boy Oliver as he escapes his bleak workhouse existence, journeys to London, and is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets working for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. Oliver is falsely accused as a thief, cleared, and taken to the Brownlow home. Fagin and Sikes worry that Oliver might divulge information about their whereabouts and decide a kidnapping is in order. Nancy, knowing Oliver is in danger, decides to help him, but is confronted by Sikes and killed. Oliver is rescued and Sikes is himself killed. The musical closes with Fagin reviewing his situation once again, finding himself penniless, homeless and alone.

The show's unforgettable songs include "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love", "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "I'll Do Anything," "Oom-Pah-Pah," and "As Long As He Needs Me."

Tickets are $20 adult, $18 advance/seniors, and $10 children. For more information or go to the Stage 1 website: www.stage1theatre.org

TCV will be doing a review of the play, please look for it January 16th.

Oliver!
January 12 through January 27
Fridays and Saturdays
8:00 p.m.
January 14 and 21
Sunday matinees
2:30 p.m.
Newark-Memorial High School Theatre
39375 Cedar Blvd., Newark.
(510) 791-0287

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