3:13 pm - Monday December 18, 0529

OLIVER! The musical extravaganza June 13-16 at Armstrong Hall‏

 Dickens Classic, Conservatory Style

 

The Colorado Springs Conservatory transports you to London in the early 1800s in its stunning production of OLIVER! featuring an all-star Conservatory cast of over 50 students, with Linda Weise as the inscrutable Fagin, Judeth Shay Burns as Widow Corney, Tim Muldrew as Mr. Bumble, Amber Marek as Nancy, and Jason Lythgoe as Bill Sykes.

 

Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, the award-winning show will be riveting for the entire family. Tickets are available now at csconservatory.org for these performances:

 

Thursday, June 13 at 7pm

Friday, June 14 at 7pm

Saturday, June 15 at 7pm

Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm

Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College Campus

New York City acclaimed director Jamie Richards returns to Colorado Springs for this production.

 

“Jamie brings the pulse of New York to our artistic endeavors. She raises the bar for the actors and crew; always with an eye on excellence,” comments Conservatory Founding Executive Director Linda Weise.”It is one of the unique ways we prepare students for entrance into top-tier universities and colleges, as well as careers in the arts,” says Weise.

 

The cast includes Conservatory faculty, alumni and students; community guest performers; and introduces 12-year old Elizabeth Pond as Oliver.

 

“Casting was very competitive this year. We auditioned a talented pool of performers through Skype with several call-backs,” says Richards. “Elizabeth has the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength to carry the show,” she concludes.

 

Conservatory alumnus Tripp Fountain will choreograph the production. His credits include the Broadway production of Hair and national tours of Cats and Evita.

The production team is rounded out by several alumni including Michael Dewar, who is now studying Musical Theater at Webster Conservatory in St. Louis.

 

Social Commentary

First published in 1838, Dickens’ Oliver Twist isan early example of the “social novel,” calling attention to the evils of child exploitation.  Still poignant and relevant today, the show deals with poverty, social stigma, and good versus evil.

 

About the Musical

The original production opened on Broadway in January 1963 and ran for 774 performances at the Imperial and Shubert Theatres. Two Broadway revivals followed.

 

After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a

friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy are fit for a life of crime

 

16th Note Society

Grateful acknowledgement to our 16th Note Society Members for supporting Conservatory performances: Red Noland Auto Group, The O’Neil Group Company, TechWise, Classic Homes, The Mining Exchange-A Wyndham Grand Hotel,  Conspire!/Intention Prevention, Sam & Kathy Guadagnoli, the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Stars, in honor of Naeda Wardwell, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College and A Step Ahead Adoption.

 

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