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Oliver! 2011 Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart.
Directed by Marti McWilliams.

Performance Dates:
December 2011
For Season Ticket information, click here.

Program Description:

We will tell Dickens tale of 1856 London using the entire theatre. Entering patrons will be greeted by vendors from Paddington Green. Pickpockets will be lurking about before the show and will interact with audience members during the show. We will also have a Victorian Christmas Shoppe in our lobby area featuring items made by our orphans in the workhouse and tea goodies from Mrs. Bedwin. Bowls will be available as a souvenir made by local artisan Ann Wilson. Fagin will have jewelry items in his "pawn shop". We want our patrons to have a complete experience.

We will again collect non-perishable foods for Stomp Out Hunger. Our summer Children's Workshop collected a truck load and we hope to beat that amount. One bag of food items will recieve a coupon for one free item in the Pocket Cafe during intermission. All collections will feed families in need during the holiday season.


From Tams-Witmark Music Library:

The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table, center stage, where the boys will sit. These pale-faced wretches can be seen peering through the bars of a door at the back. Looming above two curving stairways glows the legend "God Is Love" in rough letters. The door is opened and the boys file to the table and sing Food, Glorious Food. At the end of the song, the Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse and Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, enter and a thin gruel is served. Wolfing the meagre fare, the boys hopelessly stack their bowls, but the hapless Oliver approaches Bumble with the entreaty, "Please sir, I want some more." He is instantly subdued. Oliver is locked behind the barred door as the rest of the boys exit upstairs.

Oliver is brought forward, bag and baggage, and is led off by Bumble who sings the haunting Boy for Sale. Walking through the streets of London, they arrive at Mr. Sowerberry's, the undertaker. Oliver is "sold" to the undertaker. Alone and frightened and surrounded by coffins on stage, he sings the plaintive Where Is Love?

Oliver runs away the very next morning, and is picked up hungry and tired in the streets by the Artful Dodger who cheers him up with Consider Yourself. The Dodger leads him through crowded streets to Fagin's kitchen. The boys come in and Fagin himself appears and, with a mock solemn welcome to Oliver, sings the fantastic You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Nancy, Bill Sikes' girl and Bet arrive. The two of them, accompanied by the boys and Fagin, celebrate their way of life in It's a Fine Life. The action moves to the next morning when Fagin sends the boys off on a pocket-picking expedition, Oliver among them. The stage now displays a city scene and we witness the capture of Oliver, not for picking pockets, but for simply looking guilty.

In the second act the curtain rises on the Three Cripples-an underworld tavern-where Nancy is being encouraged to sing a music hall number, Oom-Pah-Pah. Fagin's boys pour down the stairs telling of Oliver's apprehension by the police, at the same time revealing that his innocence has been established and that he is presently ensconced in the home of a rich old gentleman. Fearful lest he give away their set-up, Fagin and Sikes dispatch Nancy to get Oliver back.

Meanwhile, at the home of his new-found benefactor, the erstwhile ragged Oliver has become a well- tailored, well-cared for little lad. Looking out of his bedroom window he observes some passing street vendors crying their wares; he sings Who Will Buy? A plea that his good luck and new situation in life will be permanent. However, the moment he sets foot outside his benefactor's house, Oliver is seized and dragged off by Nancy to Fagin's.

In the next scene Fagin occupies the empty stage and considers going straight in Reviewing the Situation. Subsequently, Bumble and Mrs. Corney, now uncomfortably married, discover that Oliver is the scion of a rich family. Their scheme to get him back fails and Nancy, regretting her part in the capture of Oliver, plans to return him to his benefactor at night on London Bridge. Fearful of Sikes, she reprises As Long as He Needs Me. Sikes stalks her and kills her. He grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is himself shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor and Fagin, now without boys, home and money, reprises Reviewing the Situation.

OLIVER! was first presented in London, where it played for 2,618 performances at the New Theatre. It played for 774 performances on Broadway at the Imperial and Shubert Theatres starring Georgia Brown and Clive Revill as Nancy and Fagin. It has been revived on Broadway several times, as in 1984 at the Mark Hellinger Theatre, and in London in 1994 at the Palladium starring Jonathan Pryce as Fagin.

OLIVER! has won 3 Tony Awards: for Composer and Lyricist, Conductor and Musical Director, and Scenic Designer.

Published by Tams-Witmark Music Library.

Our Cast (part 1)

Our Cast (part 2)

Zach Brown as Oliver Twist

Frank Schultz as Mr. Bumble

Karla Parker Schultz as Widow Corney

Garrett Brenneman as Mr. Sowerberry

Marina Sweeten as Charlotte

Noah McClanahan as The Artful Dodger

Cameron Jones as Fagin

Liz Turner as Nancy

In order of appearance
Role Actor
Oliver Twist: Zach Brown
Mr. Bumble: Frank Schultz
Widow Corney: Karla Parker Schultz
Noah Claypole: Alex Robertson
Mr. Sowerberry: Garrett Brenneman
Mrs. Sowerberry: Charlie Holmes
Charlotte: Marina Sweeten
The Artful Dodger: Jackson Victorian
Noah McClanahan
Fagin: Cameron Jones
Nancy: Liz Turner
Charlie Bates: Skylar Wood
Sly Sam: Christian Boekhout
Tiny Pickpocket: Dallas Mitchell
Bet: Sophie Rudder
Kodie Brown
Rich Lady: Katie Hurst
Tayna Anderson
Marti McWilliams
Annie: Charlie Holmes
Old Sally: Mary Hill
Mrs. Bedwin: Joan Huddleston
Mr. Brownlow: Thomas Griffin
Bill Sykes: Thomas Cooper
Dr. Grimwig: Jerry Loginotti
Book Boy: Connor Holmes
Rose Lady: Amber Anderson
Milk Maid: Charlie Holmes
Strawberry Girl: Kelsey Holmes
Apple Girl: Brenna Lightsey
Bow Street Runners: ALex Robertson
Garrett Brenneman
Drunk: Jerry Longinotti
Erin Griffin, Liliana Boekhout, Nikiyah Gannus, Sarah Rudder, Ryan Wisely, Hayley Mitchell, Maya Powers, Clint Martens, Madelyn McCutcheon, Macoen McCutcheon, Marleigh McCutcheon
Production Staff
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Marti McWilliams
Assistant Director: Robert L. Simpson
Stage Manager: Nuff Culbreath
Choreography: Jennifer Garner

Our Crew
Set Design: Leigh Griffin
Cast and Crew
Lighting Technicians: Walter Dodson
Zach Brown
Sound Technicians: Nick Griffin
Walter Dodson
Property Manager: Sherryl Watkins
Costumes-Make UP: Wendy Harris
Robin Brown
Cast and Crew
Publicity: Gene Forsyth
Programs: Neil Richardson

Pocket Community Theatre Staff
Production Committee Chair: Cate Thornton
Treasurer: Robert L. Simpson
Office: Margaret Forsyth
Graphic Arts: Neil Richardson
Webmaster: John Lukas
Building Maintenance: Walter Dodson
Skylar Wood as Charlie Bates Christian Boekhout as Sly Sam

Dallas Mitchel as Tiny Pickpocket

Kodie Brown as Bet

Mary Hill as Old Sally

Joan Huddleston as Mrs. Bedwin

Our wonderful families
Tayna Anderson
Steve Burns
Tina Cooper
Hanna at Hot Springy Dingy
Tom Cooper at Alliance Business Machines
Angie Gammil at Brothers Watch and Jewelry Repair
The Pocket Community Theatre Board of Directors
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Arkansas Times
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
Dick Antoine at KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
Sharon Palmver at KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
AETN, Arkansas Educational Television Network
KUAR 89.1 FM Little Rock Public Radio
KLRE Classical 90.5 FM Little Rock Public Radio
Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
KLRT Channel 16 Little Rock
KATV Channel 7 Little Rock
KTHV Channel 11 Little Rock

Our apologies to anyone whose name was inadvertantly omitted. A special thanks to all of those who have worked so hard to make Pocket Community Theatre the success it is!!

Our wonderful patrons for their generous contributions to the Stomp Out Hunger campaign.
Thomas Griffin as Mr. Brownlow
Thomas Cooper as Bill Sykes
Jerry Longinotti as Dr. Grimwig
Connor Holmes as Book Boy
Amber Anderson as Rose Lady
Charlie Holmes as Milk Maid
Kelsey Holmes as Strawberry Girl
Mrs. Lightsey as Apple Girl
Alex Robertson as Bow Street Runner
Erin Griffin as Orphan/Pickpocket
Liliana Boekhout as Orphan/Pickpocket
Nikiyah Gannus as Orphan/Pickpocket
Hayley Mitchell as Orphan/Pickpocket
Maya Powers as Orphan/Pickpocket
Clint Martens as Orphan/Pickpocket
Madelyn McCutcheon as Orphan/Pickpocket
Maceon McCutcheon as Orphan/Pickpocket
Marleigh McCutcheon as Orphan/Pickpocket

Scenes from our production of Oliver!: