Oliver!, the musical, is coming to Greenwood Lake Theater

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Greenwood Lake Theater presents in August “Oliver!,” Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist.

The performances will be Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10 through 12 and Friday through Sunday, Aug. 17 through 19.

“We’re so excited and grateful for this opportunity to share such a wonderful musical with our community,” says Mary McKinley, Greenwood Lake Theater’s Co-Artistic director. “And not only that, we’re able to bring a bit of Broadway here, too.

“This production is also features cast members from our Summer Intensive Theater School,” says Katherine Weatherford, Co-Artistic director of Greenwood Lake Theater. “Last year, we’ve developed the talents of local students and offered them roles in our productions," she said. "They really took on the challenge with great enthusiasm and were absolutely terrific. This year, we’re offering the same opportunity again. We invite and encourage grades 6-12 to be a part of 'Oliver!' and join in the fun.”

Michael Sherry, who directs the production, is artistic director at Backdoor Theatre in Wichita Falls, Texas, and is New Jersey born and raised.

Since taking over as artistic director, he has directed numerous shows, including “Chicago,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Spamalot,” “Cabaret,” “Les Miserables,” “RENT,” “Avenue Q,” and “Rocky Horror Show.”

Gitana Mims, who musical directs the production, is a graduate of Midwestern State University in Texas.

She has had the privilege to musically direct such shows as “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” “Chicago,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Kiss Me, Kate,” and “Godspell.”

Weatherford will play the role of Nancy, and McKinley, who is known theatrically as Mary Virginia, will perform the role of Mrs. Corney.

Rounding out the top-notch cast are David Edwards as Fagin, Jordan P. Schroeder as the Artful Dodger, Brady Walsh as Bill Sikes, as well as Nate Myles and Laura Peterson in multiple roles.

If you goAttendees are encouraged to bring blankets, cushions and chairs for casual seating. No alcoholic beverages are permitted, although concessions will be available.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, 7 Windermere Ave., Greenwood Lake.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, children under 12, students, and the military. Michael Sherry directs this production, with musical direction by Gitana Mims.

This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International as well as all authorized performance materials.

For information regarding tickets, complete list of cast members, production details for “Oliver!,” Summer Intensive Theater School, or Greenwood Lake Theater, visit www.greenwoodlaketheater.org.

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