Tuesday, December 15, 2015

review - OLIVER! - Greasepaint Youth Theatre

Owen Stewart, Connor Baker and Jack Yampolsky
photo: Laura Durant 
highlights from local critics reviews - (click link at bottom of each review to read complete review)

Click here for more information on this production that runs through December 20th.

 "...Lionel Bart's highly acclaimed musical version of the Dickens story...Now, on stage at Greasepaint Youtheatre, OLIVER! gets a solid and uplifting treatment by a spirited cast of young actors. Jack Yampolsky is endearing as the tempest-tossed waif who suffers the push and pull of tides that transport him from the harsh regimen of Mr. Bumble (Sean Lillis) to the wily ways of pickpocket extraordinaire Fagin (Connor Baker) and his acolyte, the Artful Dodger (Owen Stewart), and then to the clutches of evil Bill Sykes (Jacob Emnett). Of course, there are lights at the end of Oliver's tunnel. They are the saving graces embodied in such kind-hearted figures as Nancy (Breagh Watson), Sykes' ill-fated girlfriend, who cannot abide Oliver's treatment, and the adoptive Mr. Brownlow (Tommy Zachar), who discovers the tie that binds him to the boy. There are many marvelous moments to savor in this show, directed by Dale Nakagawa. Molly Lajoie's choreography is artfully arranged, and, the ensemble, comprised of ages six to eighteen, doesn't miss a step or a beat. Jack Yampolsky's delivery of Where Is Love is nothing short of breathtaking....OLIVER! is spirited and engaging and a remarkable showcase for some of the Valley's finest young talents..."  -Herbert Paine, Broadway World (click here to read the complete review)

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