Oliver! musical includes local adult actors, 13 children

The cast of Oliver!, on stage June 5 through July 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave. Photo by RENEE UNSWORTH

The cast of Oliver!, on stage June 5 through July 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave. Photo by RENEE UNSWORTH

The musical, “Oliver!,” will be staged June 5 through July 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., in uptown St. Augustine.

Written by Lionel Bart, the production is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story. The show tells the story of Oliver, an orphan who runs away from his cruel caretakers only to land himself in trouble with the wrong kind of people. As he navigates his new life, he finds hope in the kindness of newfound friends.

“Oliver!” is directed by Tom Fallon, who wears several hats in the professional world — working on set building at Limelight Theatre and in the film business as a location manager and assistant director for commercials. He’s worked on film projects such as Baptist Health, Chase Bank, JEA and Embril.

The lead role, Oliver, is played by 12-year-old Alexander Lawless, who has performed in two shows at Alhambra Theatre & Dining in Jacksonville and in The Sound of Music last year at The Wick Theatre in Boca Raton. This will be his first time on the Limelight stage, singing solo soprano songs as the main character in Dickens’ classic tale.

He is the son of Chase and Patrice Lawless, who reside in north St. Johns County.

Lawless will share the stage with his sister, Savannah, age 10; and 11 other local children who play orphans. The cast of children includes Jack Rose as Artful Dodger; Kyle Thompson as orphan and Artful Dodger understudy; Evan Gray as orphan and Oliver understudy; Ella and Gracia Romaine, orphans; Ashley Herbert, Henry Purtill, Gavin Downs, Will Gooden and Kyler Unsworth, as orphans; and Emily Onimus, as Bet and an orphan.

The adult cast includes Andy Nance as Fagin; Chris MacEwan as Bill Sykes; Chloe Cordle as Nancy; Cayte O’Connor as Charlotte; Vinny Iaropoli as Mr. Sowerberry; JoAnn Kirby-Nance as Mrs. Sowerberry; James Desmond as Mr. Bumble; Rich Nowell as Mr. Brownlow; Cathy Swann as Widow Corney; Beth Purtill as Mrs. Bedwin; Lou Agresta as Dr. Grimwig; Butler Robertson as Noah; and Susan Harrison as Old Sally.
Shelli Long is musical director, Roxanna Lewis is choreographer, and Patty Runk is stage manager, with her husband Don Runk as assistant stage manager. Georgie Altenbach is prop supervisor, with Rachel Robertson as assistant. Lorraine Rokovitz is costumer, with help from Tina Fallon. Dom & Nancy Grasso constructed the set.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors, $20 for students and military; with a junior patron offer that features one free tickets for children ages 10-17 with the purchase of a full price adult ticket.

For reservations, call the box office at 904-825-1164
 or go to limelight-theatre.org.

Alexander Lawless plays Oliver and James Desmond portrays Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, on stage through July 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave.

Alexander Lawless plays Oliver and James Desmond portrays Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, on stage through July 6 at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave.

 

 

 

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