The classic musical "Oliver" comes to life this coming week courtesy of a dual cast of young performers under the direction of the Keys Kids.
It's the musical retelling of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." The tale begins when a London orphanage sells a child because he asks for more food. Oliver eventually escapes to the streets of London, finding adventure and a loving home.
The show originally opened in London's West End in 1960 and ran for more than 2,600 performances. The opening scene takes place in a workhouse where all the orphans break out into the rousing "Food Glorious Food."
In the Southernmost City, it's staged at Key West High School at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 21, and at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23. Tickets are $10 for students, military and senior citizens; adults pay $12 and a family of four can attend for $40. Reserved tickets are slightly higher in each group.
The Red Barn Theater's Mimi McDonald directs, the musical director is Nancy 3, Vincent Zito conducts the orchestra, and choreography is by Penny Leto of the Coffee Mill Studios and actress Carolyn Cooper. The executive director is Nora Revelin.
Depending on which night you go, Oliver is played by Bailee Ugg or Jackson Moore. They're chosen to approach workhouse proprietor Mr. Bumble (John Mathews/William Gregurich) and Oliver speaks the famous words "Please, sir, may I have some more." Bumble and Widow Corney (Andrea Cusimano/Lily Magidson) are outraged and retire to the parlor.
From there the story unwinds as the orchestra and the kids get the stage rocking.
Tickets are available at Mac Arthur Music, 906 Kennedy Drive in Key West (call 294-9329) or at the door one hour prior to curtain. For more, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509-1370.