"Oliver" Searches for Love and Family at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre July 11-20

6/16/08


Consider yourself at home when the Yardley Players present the Lionel Bart musical, "Oliver" at MCCC's Kelsey Theatre Fridays, July 11 and 18 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, July 12 and 19 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sundays, July 13 and 20 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.

The musical is based on Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist," the tale of a young orphaned boy who is forced from his dreary London workhouse to an equally dreary life as an undertaker's apprentice. Managing to run away, he is befriended by the precocious pickpocket, the Artful Dodger. Soon the innocent Oliver unwittingly finds himself part of an underworld network of thieves, both comic and menacing. But Oliver is destined for a better life, if fate will allow. With a cast of colorful characters and an award-winning musical score, "Oliver" has captured the hearts of millions since it was adapted for both stage and screen in the 1960s.

The "Oliver" cast stars Matthew Blazejewski as Oliver, Andrew Clark as the Artful Dodger, Del Howard as Fagin, Jennifer Jacob as Nancy, Joe Zedeny as Bill Sykes, Ken McCormick as Mr. Bumble, Toni Campbell as Widow Corney, Walter Smyth as Mr. Sowerberry, Linda Ashton as Mrs. Sowerberry, Ian Callahan as Noah Claypole, Laura Murey as Bet, Wayne Wood as Mr. Brownlow, Jeannie LaPoll as Mrs. Bedwin, and Dan Slothower as Dr. Grimwig.

Members of Fagin's gang include Daniel Blazejewski, Lindsay Bohon, William Burke, Ian Callahan, John Gallagher, Cynthia George, Jamie George, Sarah Gorski, Kiernan Matts, Paul McGlew, Delia Monken, Samantha Phillips, and David Szemis.

The workhouse/townschildren include Jillian Ashcraft, Stephen Blazejewski, Naphtali Brooks, Alexander Carr, Samantha Gougher, Ethan and Simon Hamilton, Jenn McCormick, Dana Novikov, Kavya Pochiraju, Joey Poliziana, Caroline Purdy, and Karlee SanGiovanni. Ensemble dancers include Marisa Desa, Elizabeth Felkner, Laurie Gougher, Carol Henderson, Michele Kole, Beverly Kuo-Hamilton, Kathleen Kutalek, Soloman Mason, Rose McGlew, Gianna Miranda, Ashley Patrick, Lisa Reifschneider, Mollie Rubinstein, Jessica Schladebeck and Amy Zalot. The show is directed by Marge Swider with musical direction by Pat Masterson and choreography by Paula Matthews.

Tickets for "Oliver" are $16 adults,$14 seniors, and $12 students and children. Free parking is available next to the theater. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.

Oliver, played by Matthew Blazejewski, left,
is befriended by the Artful Dodger,
played by Andrew Clark.

Fagin and his boys, clockwise from left, David Szemis, Jamie George, William Burke, Sarah Gorski, Daniel Blazejewski, Del Howard as Fagin, and John Gallagher.
A better life for Oliver? Pictured, clockwise from left, are Dan Slothower as Dr. Grimwig, Wayne Wood
as Mr. Brownlow, Jeanne LaPolla as Mrs. Bedwin,
and Matthew Blazejewski as Oliver.
The cast features, from left, Laura Murey as Bet, Andrew Clark as Dodger, Del Howard as Fagin, Jenn Jacobs as Nancy, and Joe Zedeny as Sykes.

Other Kelsey Theatre Summer Series shows include "The Fantasticks" from July 25-Aug. 3; and "Winnie the Pooh" from Aug. 15-Aug. 24. Learn more by visiting the Kelsey Theatre website at www.kelseytheatre.net.

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