Wilton Children’s Theater proudly presents Lionel Bart’s Oliver! this weekend.
The musical adaption of the classic tale by Charles Dickens tells the story of Oliver Twist, a 9-year-old orphan, who was born in a workhouse and apprenticed to an undertaker, before escaping to London where he meets the charismatic “Artful Dodger” and falls in with a gang of young pickpockets led by a crook names Fagin. Oliver is caught stealing from a wealthy gentleman who feels pity for Oliver and kindly takes him in. Fearing they will be discovered, Fagin and his associates come after him, putting Oliver in danger once again.
The show, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, has countless crowd pleasing numbers, including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” “Who Will Buy?” and “I’d Do Anything.” The cast of 54 Wilton students, ranging from grades 4-8, have been practicing since the beginning of January.
Sarah Beach and Miki Lasher are producing WCT’s production of Oliver! The production counts itself lucky to have Ginny Ruggieri returning for her 14th season as director, and choreographer, Judy Abbatiello, returning for her 13th show. They are joined by Al Galletly, who has been musical director in well over a dozen WCT productions. The set is designed by Brooke Burling who, together with a team of dedicated parent volunteers, has transformed Middlebrook Auditorium into 19th century London. As in previous years, WCT is fortunate to have the expertise of Jim Durkin, from In Phase Audio and Craig Gehr of LX Lighting LLC.
Showtimes are Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m. at Middlebrook School.
Tickets are available online or in person at the following locations:
Wednesday, March 14 at the Wilton Family YMCA 4-6 p.m.
Thursday, March 15 at Middlebrook School 3:30-5:30 p.m.
One hour before the show at Middlebrook Auditorium–cash or check only:
Friday, March 16 6-7 p.m.
Saturday, March 17 3-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 1-2 p.m.