The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre will present a community-theater production of Oliver Twist, Robert Thomas Noll’s 2000 stage adaptation of the 1837-39 novel by Charles Dickens (1812-70), directed by Sally Kinka, on Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-9, and 14-16 in its small black-box theater in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, in north Raleigh, NC.
According to the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre:
“This faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ second novel is an exciting, fast-moving melodrama about the adventures of an orphan [Michael Perez as Oliver Twist] redeemed from a life of cruel poverty and crime by an act of unselfish courage. Filled with an atmosphere of mystery, its major characters — Fagin [Tanner Lagasca], Bill Sikes [Ryan Ladue], Mr. Bumble [Brian Lord], Nancy [Heather Snow-Clark], and the Artful Dodger [Jessica Makler] — are some of the most theatrically realized characters in all of literature.”
In addition to the performers named above, the cast for NRACT’s production of Oliver Twist also includes Sheila Outhwaite as Mrs. Mann, Mikey West as Mr. Sowerberry/Mr. Brownlow, Sandra Sheldon as Mrs. Sowerberry/Old Woman, Elish Urgo as Gertie/Scarf-Seller, Craig Johnson as Chairman/Magistrate, Will Jones as Monks, Charlease Headon as Charlie Bates/Orphan, Anna Ford as ROSE, Chandler Marr and Kevin Ianucci as Cop/Guard/Jailer, and Catherine Warner as Agnes/Beer Wench. The ensemble who play the orphans and members of Fagin’s gang include Regan Yelton, Makeda Phoenix, Alexander Britt Webster, Samantha Scepioni, and Chris Kalevas.
The North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre presents OLIVER TWIST at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, 3 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, and 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16 at NRACT, in the Greystone Village Shopping Center, 7713-51 Lead Mine Rd., Raleigh, North Carolina 27615.
TICKETS: $15 ($12 students and seniors 62+), except $10 for Saturday and Sunday matinees.
Oliver Twist (the novel): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Twist (Wikipedia).
Oliver Twist (e-text of the novel): http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/d/dickens/charles/d54ot/ (courtesy University of Adelaide Library).
Oliver Twist (the play): http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/p1093/Oliver-Twist/product_info.html (Dramatic Publishing).
Oliver Twist (excerpt from the play): http://www.dramaticpublishing.com/download/pdf/exOliverTwistO61.pdf (Dramatic Publishing).
Robert Thomas Noll: http://www.angelfire.com/oh5/noll/ (online bio).
Sally Kinka: http://www.nract.org/classes/teachers/sally-kinka/ (NRACT bio).
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