NRACT Will Present Robert Thomas Noll’s New Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”

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.

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Oliver Twist (the novel): (Wikipedia).

Oliver Twist (e-text of the novel): (courtesy University of Adelaide Library).

Charles Dickens: (The Dickens Fellowship) and (Wikipedia).

Oliver Twist (the play): (Dramatic Publishing).

Oliver Twist (excerpt from the play): (Dramatic Publishing).

Robert Thomas Noll: (online bio).

Sally Kinka: (NRACT bio).


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Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).