Oliver

The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table, center stage, where the boys will sit. These pale-faced wretches can be seen peering through the bars of a door at the back. Looming above two curving stairways glows the legend “God Is Love” in rough letters. The door is opened and the boys file to the table and sing Food, Glorious Food. At the end of the song, the Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse and Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, enter and a thin gruel is served. Wolfing the meagre fare, the boys hopelessly stack their bowls, but the hapless Oliver approaches Bumble with the entreaty, “Please sir, I want some more.” He is instantly subdued. Oliver is locked behind the barred door as the rest of the boys exit upstairs.
Oliver is brought forward, bag and baggage, and is led off by Bumble who sings the haunting Boy for Sale. Walking through the streets of London, they arrive at Mr. Sowerberry’s, the undertaker. Oliver is “sold” to the undertaker. Alone and frightened and surrounded by coffins on stage, he sings the plaintive Where Is Love?
Oliver runs away the very next morning, and is picked up hungry and tired in the streets by the Artful Dodger who cheers him up with Consider YourselfThe Dodger leads him through crowded streets to Fagin’s kitchen. The boys come in and Fagin himself appears and, with a mock solemn welcome to Oliver, sings the fantastic You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Nancy, Bill Sikes’ girl and Bet arrive. The two of them, accompanied by the boys and Fagin, celebrate their way of life in It’s a Fine Life. The action moves to the next morning when Fagin sends the boys off on a pocket-picking expedition, Oliver among them. The stage now displays a city scene and we witness the capture of Oliver, not for picking pockets, but for simply looking guilty.
In the second act the curtain rises on the “Three Cripples”-an underworld tavern-where Nancy is being encouraged to sing a music hall number, Oom-Pah-Pah. Fagin’s boys pour down the stairs telling of Oliver’s apprehension by the police, at the same time revealing that his innocence has been established and that he is presently ensconced in the home of a rich old gentleman. Fearful lest he give away their set-up, Fagin and Sikes dispatch Nancy to get Oliver back.
Meanwhile, at the home of his new-found benefactor, the erstwhile ragged Oliver has become a well-tailored, well-cared for little lad. Looking out of his bedroom window he observes some passing street vendors crying their wares; he sings Who Will Buy? A plea that his good luck and new situation in life will be permanent. However, the moment he sets foot outside his benefactor’s house, Oliver is seized and dragged off by Nancy to Fagin’s.
In the next scene Fagin occupies the empty stage and considers going straight in Reviewing the Situation. Subsequently, Bumble and Mrs. Corney, now uncomfortably married, discover that Oliver is the scion of a rich family. Their scheme to get him back fails and Nancy, regretting her part in the capture of Oliver, plans to return him to his benefactor at night on London Bridge. Fearful of Sikes, she reprises As Long as He Needs Me. Sikes stalks her and kills her. He grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is himself shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor and Fagin, now without boys, home and money, reprises Reviewing the Situation.

Cast/Characters

Oliver – Jon Schumacher

Boys – Christopher Ahrnsbrak, Jon Becker, Pat Beniger, Tyler Bennett, Dwight Dicke, Evan Dodds,Lincoln Gregory, Chad Hillis, Aaron Horvat, Benjamin Horvat, Eric Lawrence, Tim Morrell, Steve Mueller, Curtis D. Schmidt, Kurt Daniel Zempel

Mr. Bumble – Bob Margrett

Mrs. Corney – Marilyn Zimmermann

Pauper Assistants – Jeff Brunnbauer, Tabb Patz

Mr. Sowerberry – Gary Sisco

Mrs. Sowerberry – Ellen Luebke

Charlotte – Diane Klingeisen

Noah Claypole – Justin D. Deehr

The Artful Dodger – Curt Schneider

Fagin – Jerry L. Colbert

Nancy – Sandy Mascow

Bet – Jennifer Kazmierczak

Bow Street Runners – Justin D. Deehr, Jack McKee

Pretty Little Sally – Dawn Fleck

Bill Sikes – Frederick A.E. Meyer

Mrs. Bedwin – Arletta Giese

Street Vendors – Betsy Abert, Marcia Hahn, Diane Klingeisen, Doug Moua

Mr. Brownlow – J. Bruckner

Dr. Grimwig – Bill Beniger

Old Sally – Ramona Maala

Old Lady – Ruth Hering

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Designed by: Bernard J. Markevitch

Musical Director: Wayne Wildman

Choreographer: Sherry Kunde

Stage Manager: Jean Deltgen

Assistant Stage Manager: Marie Trowbridge

Costume Design: Joyce Nery

Light Design: Don Zastrow

Master Electrician: Scott Heck

Sound Design: Dick Pool

Properties: Betty Segor, Lynne Zimmermann

Special Prop Construction: Phil Segor

Master Carpenter: Phil Zimmermann

Paint Crew:Ramona Maala. Pal Scahill, Pat Ford, Don Nicklaus, Joe Feustel

Production Photographer: Gene Schuttey

Orchestra

Conductor/ Keyboard: Wayne Wildman

Bass: Lois Horvat

Synthesizer: Terry Hoard

Baritone Horn: Eric Johnson

Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet: Penny Paiser

Flute: Heather Trumbauer