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4/14/2017 12:49:00 PM
The Artful Dodger and Oliver are introduced.
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The Artful Dodger and Oliver are introduced.

By Ruth Hanson

"That was a superior play," one man in the audience said, "I don't think I've ever seen a play so well done. Almost 50 kids in the cast! That's hard to believe, but there they were. And there they were, making us sometimes laugh and sometimes cringe."

The plot follows Oliver Twist, born in 1830s England. His mother dies soon after he is born and he spends the first nine years of his life in a badly run home for young orphans.

He escapes but gets mixed up with a  bunch of down and out pickpocket guys and the story goes from there

The music is sensational, much of it familiar - early on "Food, Glorious Food" and on to  "That's Your Funeral" and "Pick a Pocket" and "It's a Fine Life" and "Who Will Buy?" and "As Long as He Needs Me." Lots of music to hum in the months to come.

The costumes  were sensational, much to the credit of Marilyn Schreiber, the costume coordinator and John Schreiber's wife.

More than one person could be heard saying softly, "I hope they stay here forever!"

Not to be forgotten - the pianists. They are marvelous, simply marvelous, impossible to beat or replace.

The cast was delightful, beginning with the poor, abandoned waif, Oliver Twist, who ends up in his parents' arms. It includes the cunning Artful Dodger, bureaucratic Bumble, master thief Fagin, misguided Nancy, and the scary, murderous Bill Sykes and many more.

The whole play is simply delightful, well done by every single member of the cast and crew.

Claremont Service

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