"Oliver! met that requirement and, after listening to the music, how can someone not fall in love with Oliver asking Where Is Love? or tap their toe to Oom-Pah-Pah? It's one of those shows that everyone can enjoy, despite it being set in the dark macabre world of 19th century London. It has some quite dark moments but also some amazing touches of love and compassion that will take audiences on an amazing emotional roller coaster journey."
Adam said his initial concerns were casting the child roles, such as Oliver and the Artful Dodger – but this changed once into rehearsals. "I'm now concerned about the adults and making sure they keep up with the youthful exuberance and passion for learning new routines and songs the younger performers have!" he said.
"It's amazing how quickly the performers learn new dances and songs, breathing life into their characters and engaging with other cast members with a willingness to learn that makes my role as the director so much easier. My main challenge is drilling the 19th century London costuming and speech into the actors and not allowing them to sound too modern."
"She dreams of a better life but, at the same time, truly believes people like her don't deserve it and that it's too late. With Oliver, she sees herself and her stolen youth in him, which is why she's so determined to keep him from the life she was forced into."
"Oliver! appealed because it's a musical theatre classic," Gerogia said. "My parents made sure I grew up with the best musical influences and the music from Oliver! was definitely a staple in our house.
"I saw the musical movie when I was very little and was absolutely drawn to it, specifically Nancy. It's a role I have always adored and dreamt of playing and I love that all different kinds of people of all ages love and appreciate [I]Oliver![/I]"