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Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group Presents Oliver!

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
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Charles Dickens- perhaps one of the best English writers of all time- has written many wonderful stories, most of which are still as popular today as they were when they were first conceived. In fact, many copies of his novels still top the bestselling classics lists. Even though Dickens died over 140 years ago, his books hold just as much relevance today as they did when he wrote them.

One of his most famous novels, Oliver Twist (published in 1838) has captivated audiences the world over, especially after its adaptation into a popular West End, and then Broadway, musical production. The release of Lionel Bart's film version in 1968 sealed the deal in regards to Oliver!'s popularity, cementing the little orphan boy into people's hearts, and ensuring that his character will always be recognised in modern society.

Since the first book-to-musical adaptations were made, countless reproductions by small and large theatre companies have been performed- some sticking closely to the original script and others taking on more satirical views of the story- yet they all tell, by necessity, the same story of a young kind-hearted boy who wants to belong in a loving family.

Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group Presents Oliver!
The production will be held at the Point Lonsdale School Hall

For their 2013 production, the Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group has decided to tackle this popular musical, bringing the show to the people of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. Directed by Debbie Fraser, the show will feature all of the songs that we have grown to associate with Oliver!, including 'Food Glorious Food', 'Consider Yourself', 'As Long As He Needs Me' and 'Where Is Love'. Oliver!, which is comprised of a 52-member cast, includes two groups of children who will perform on alternating days, and will bring to life such popular characters as Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sykes, The Artful Dodger, and of course, Oliver.
The show will be staged at the Point Lonsdale School Hall from March 15 until March 23.

Queenscliffe Lighthouse Theatre Group Presents Oliver!
This musical was inspired by the ever-popular Dickens novel, Oliver Twist

This amateur theatre company was formed in 2001, and has produced one or two spectacular stage shows each year since, all of the highest quality. With a talented cast and crew, and a renowned Geelong director at the helm, this local production of Oliver! is one that you won't want to miss.

Performance Dates:

Friday 15 March – Evening 7.30pm
Saturday 16 March - Matinee 2pm
Saturday 16 March – Evening 7.30pm
Sunday 17 March – Twilight 5pm
Tuesday 19 March – Evening 7.30pm
Wednesday 20 March – Evening 7.30pm
Thursday 21 March – Evening 7.30pm
Friday 22 March – Evening 7.30pm
Saturday 23 March – Matinee 2pm
Saturday 23 March – Evening 7.30pm
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Why? To watch a local production of Oliver!
When: Friday March 15- Saturday March 23, 2013
Where: Point Lonsdale School Hall, Bowen Rd, Point Lonsdale VIC
Cost: Online: Adult $32, Concession $28, Child (Under 13) $19. From the Box Office: Adult $35, Concession $30, Child (Under 13) $20.
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