“Oliver! is truly a masterpiece and shows off the talents of Lionel Bart at his best. As one reviewer put it, “With this show, the audience whistles the tunes as they COME IN to the theatre.”
The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table. Pale-faced wretches can be seem peering through the bars of the door at the back. The door opens and the boys file in to the table singing “Food, Glorious Food”. Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse, and Mr Bumble, the parish beadle, enter to serve gruel to the boys. Alone amongst them Oliver takes the bowl to Bumble and asks, “Please, Sir, I want some more.” Bumble is outraged. Oliver must go and so he hawks Oliver through the streets of London singing “Boy For Sale.” Oliver is sold to Mr Sowerberry, the undertaker. Alone, plaintive and surrounded by coffins, Oliver sings, “Where Is Love?”
He runs away and meets the Artful Dodger who sings “Consider Yourself At Home”. Oliver is taken to a hideout to meet Fagin and the apprentice thieves – they welcome Oliver with “You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket Or Two”. Nancy, Bill Sykes girl, and Bet arrive and sing “It’s A Fine Life”. Next morning Oliver goes with the boys and is arrested by the police, not for picking pockets but simply for looking guilty.
In Act 2 Nancy sings “Oom-pah-pah”. Fagin’s boys tell of Oliver’s arrest by the police but that, as he has been found to be innocent, he is now safe in the house of a kindly, rich gentleman. Fagin and Sykes despatch Nancy to get Oliver back. Meanwhile, Oliver has become a well-cared for little lad. Seeing London street-traders from his bedroom window he sings “Who Will Buy?”, a plea that his good fortune will become permanent. However, outside the house he is captured by Nancy and she returns him to Fagin. Fagin sings “Reviewing the Situation” and thinks of going straight.
Bumble and Mrs Corney, now married, discover that Oliver is the heir to a rich family and try to get him back. A regretful Nancy plans to return Oliver to his benefactor. She is fearful of Sykes yet sings, “As Long As He Needs Me”. Sykes stalks and kills her, grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor who, as it turns out, is his own grandfather. Fagin, now minus the boys, home and money, reprises “Reviewing the Situation”.
Oliver Twist (Child Lead) Soprano
Artful Dodger (Male Supporting) Soprano
Fagin (Male Supporting) Baritone
Bill Sykes (Male Supporting) Baritone
Nancy (Female Supporting) Alto
Mr. Bumble (Male Featured) Tenor
Widow Corney (Female Featured) Soprano
Mr. Sowerberry (Male Featured) Baritone
Mrs. Sowerberry (Female Featured) Soprano
Charlotte (Female Featured) Spoken
Noah Claypole (Male Featured) Spoken
Bet (Female Featured) Alto
Mr. Brownlow (Male Featured) Spoken
Old Sally (Female Featured) Spoken
Mrs. Bedwin (Female Featured) Spoken
Adult Ensemble (Ensemble)
Workhouse Boys (Male Ensemble)
Fagin’s Gang/Orphans (Children Ensemble)
Dr. Grimwig (Male Ensemble) Spoken
1. Food, Glorious Food – The Boys
2. Oliver! – Mr. Bumble, Mrs Corney, Oliver, Boys
3. I Shall Scream – Mrs Corney, Mr. Bumble
4. Boy For Sale – Mr. Bumble
5. That’s Your Funeral – Mr Sowerberry, Mr. Bumble, Mrs Sowerberry
6. Where Is Love? – Oliver
7. Consider Yourself – Artful Dodger, Oliver, Crowd
8. You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two – Fagin, Oliver, Boys
9. It’s a Fine Life – Nancy, Bet
10. I’d Do Anything – Artful Dodger, Nancy, Oliver, Bet, Fagin
11. Be Back Soon – Fagin, Artful Dodger, Oliver, Boys
12. Oom-Pah-Pah – Nancy, Company
13. My Name – Bill Sikes
14. As Long as He Needs Me – Nancy
15. Where Is Love? (reprise) – Mrs Bedwin
16. Who Will Buy? – Oliver, Chorus
17. It’s a Fine Life (reprise) – Bill Sikes, Nancy, Fagin, Boys
18. Reviewing the Situation – Fagin
19. Oliver! (reprise) – Mr. Bumble, Mrs Corney
20. As Long As He Needs Me (reprise) – Nancy
21. Reviewing the Situation (reprise) – Fagin
22. Finale: Food, Glorious Food/Consider Yourself /I’d Do Anything – Full Company
Mark Hennessy, Director. Mark was born and raised in the NYC metro area, trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and has worked on more than 150 theatrical productions as an actor, director, artistic director and producer in NY, LA, SF and Colorado. Directing credits include such musicals as Godspell, Singin’ in the Rain and Working, and plays ranging from Shakespeare (The Merry Wives of Windsor) to Shanley (Doubt). Mark is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and EQUITY.
Jason Celaya, Choreographer. Jason received most of his training at Center Stage Performing Arts Studios in Utah and passionately studied all dance styles, from hip hop to jazz, to ballroom. His dancing has taken him all over the world, and most recently, he danced for Donny Osmond for his new music video, “Soldier of Love”. He danced in and choreographed music videos for the Pink Stilettos, Alex Boye, and Shaun Cannon. He danced professionally for 5 years with Origins Dance Company, and has collaborated with Odyssey Dance Theater, and even won a world ballroom dance title in Blackpool England.
David Dyer, Musical Director/Conductor. David has been working in the field of musical theatre and cabaret as a music director, arranger and collaborative pianist for over 35 years. He just completed work on the 51st book musical of his professional career. He holds a degree in Music Education from The University of Northern Colorado. He was a pianist and arranger at The Crystal Palace in Aspen, CO for nearly 25 years. David has worked in numerous summer stock, regional and community theatres. His arranging credits are diverse, including arrangements for solo singers, choral groups and various instrumental ensembles. As an accompanist and solo pianist, his musical talents have taken him to many places in the world, including an annual engagement in Mykonos, Greece, the Wexford Festival in Ireland, concert cabaret tours of Germany and Switzerland, and the maiden voyage of the Renaissance R-7 cruise ship in Europe. He has performed in concert with Bernadette Peters, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Professor Kenny Watson, among a variety of other artists.
Jamie Espeland, Choreographer. Jamie will be assisting with the workshops and the choreography.