Oliver! (All ages)
Boiler Room Theatre at The Factory
230 Franklin Road, Franklin
797-7744 or boilerroomtheatre.com
Show times: Tue 8 p.m., Thu (Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22 only) 8 p.m., Fri – Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m. (Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 only)
Tickets: $27 adults, $21 ages 11 and younger (Sunday shows are $2 off, Tuesdays are two-for-one night and all tickets on Thursdays are $17)
The Boiler Room Theatre wraps up its 2011 (and 10th anniversary) season with the musical favorite, Oliver! With music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, Oliver! is the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a hit on stage when it first premiered on London’s West End in 1960.
The story follows the plight of young orphan Oliver Twist, who dares to ask for more gruel and is sold by the workhouse caretaker Mr. Bumble (Brad Oxnam) to Undertaker Mr. Sowerberry (Dan McGeachy) where he is forced to sleep in the basement amidst the coffins. After escaping, Oliver finds himself in a band of young thieves led by klepto kingpin Fagin (brilliantly portrayed by Don Hillaker), and through a chain of events winds up in the home of Mr. Brownlow (McGeachy), who turns out is the lad’s grandfather.
The show is full of memorable musical numbers, including the opening “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “It’s a Fine Life” and the boisterous “Oom Pa Pa.” But the best thing about Boiler Room’s production of Oliver! is the amount of children who get to grace the stage in lead, supporting and ensemble roles. In fact, so many kids are involved in the show that Boiler Room has two alternating children’s casts. It’s obvious the kids are having fun on stage in this production, and that’s a grand thing!