‘Oliver!’ opens at EPAC on Dec. 1

By on November 16, 2016

Based upon Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “Oliver Twist,” the musical “Oliver!” debuted at London’s Noël Coward Theatre in 1960, moving to Broadway in 1964. “Oliver!” has since experienced many revivals on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently in 2009 on the West End, in addition to a number of international productions. It was also turned into an Academy Award-willing film in 1968. Now it comes to EPAC.

While the musical does differ from the original novel in some areas, audiences will recognize many of the Dickens characters such as Fagin, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger, and, of course, Oliver.

Young Oliver will come to life on the EPAC stage, bringing audiences into the gritty world of poor laborers in 19th century London. Audiences will root for Oliver as he grows up in a rough workhouse, facing adversity and kept company by a host of unscrupulous characters.

The cast includes EPAC regulars Kristie Ohlinger, Preston Schreffler, Jeff Fisher, Elizabeth Petty and Joe Myering. There are two newcomers: Aleko Zeppos as Oliver, and Ethan Reimel as the Artful Dodger.

EPAC’s production of “Oliver!” is being directed and choreographed by Trish Corcoran, with musical direction by Cheryl Markle.

“Oliver!” will be staged Dec. 1 through 17 at EPAC’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 733-7966 x1.

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