Oliver!
A musical based on the novel by Charles Dickens
Book and lyrics by Lionel Bart
Directed by Lynn and Randy Perkins

This a touching tale of an orphan boy, Oliver, who is labeled a “trouble maker” because he dares to ask for more food. He runs away from the orphanage and falls in with a gang of pickpockets headed by Fagin. As Fagin tries to save him, all Oliver wants to do is go to his uncle and live a good life. Along the way  there are stirring tunes such as “Food, Glorious Food,” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.”

July 14, 15, 16; 21, 22, 23; 28, 29, 30; August 4 & 5 & 6!

Musical magic is back in Playmakers' 'Oliver!'
-- The Times Picayune

Oliver! delights Playmakers’ audiences
-- St, Tammany Farmer

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See show photos by Paul Newhouse

And more photos by Renee Sibley

 

Who's Who

CHARACTER

NAME

Oliver Twist

Chris Newhouse

Mr. Bumble

Robert Waldron

Widow Corney

Missie Arata Noel

Widow Corney Understudy

Wendy Schneider

Noah Claypole

Hunter Christopher

Mr. Sowerberry

Paul Newhouse

Mrs. Sowerberry

Arianne Binnings

Charlotte

Samantha Schott

The Artful Dodger

Wes Twardowski

Fagin

Ladson Déyne

Nancy

Carrie Helm

FAGIN’S KIDS/ORPHANS

Austin Smith

 

Gia Erichson

 

Aaron Falkenstein

 

Gabby Filiberto

 

Calla Harper

 

Megan Maloney

 

Joshua Nunez

 

Katy O’Connell

 

Matthew Sens

 

Alexander Sibley

 

Oliver Sibley

 

Nicholas Sibley

 

Kurt Thompson

 

Gabrielle Wehner

 

Kayla Willie

 

Krista Willie

 

Kate Zenor

Bet

Lauren Baiamonte

Old Sally

Jill Lane

Old Annie

Melanie Burck

Bill Sykes

Jeff Falkenstein

Mrs. Bedwin

Cheri Noto Karlin

Mr. Brownlow

Ron Rome

Dr. Grimwig

Cory Wehner

Boy

Kurt Thompson

Second Boy

Joshua Nunez

First Woman

Wendy Schneider

Second Woman

Jill Lane

Third Woman

Lisa Erichson

Fourth Woman

Catie West

Fifth Woman

Emily Bennett

Sixth Woman

Kirsten Lapuyade

Seventh Woman

Susan Marie Foil

Eighth Woman

Melanie Burck

Ninth Woman

Samantha Schott

Night Watchman

Bob Coates

First Bow Street Runner

Bob Coates

Second Bow Street Runner

Hunter Christopher

Man

Paul Newhouse

Chairman

Bob Coates

ORPHANS

Meredith Bennett

 

Chase Binnings

 

Cecilia Falkenstein

 

Nina Marie Foil

 

Mary Claire Hessemer

 

Libby Labranche

 

Anne Labranche

 

Annie Noel

 

Dylan Veal

 

Hannah Waldron

 

Lucas Waldron

 

Kara Willie

 

T.J. Willie

ADULT CHORUS

Emily Bennett

 

Arianne Binnings

 

Melanie Burck

 

Theresa Carollo

 

Hunter Christopher

 

Bob Coates

 

Lisa Erichson

 

Susan Marie Foil

 

Cheri Noto Karlin

 

Jill Lane

 

Kirsten Lapuyade

 

Paul Newhouse

  Missie Arata Noel

 

Ron Rome

 

Samantha Schott

  Wendy Schneider

 

Corey Wehner

 

Catie West

CHILDREN’S CHORUS

Meredith Bennett

 

Nina Foil

 

Jacob Schneider

 

Dylan Veal

 

Kara Willie

VENDORS

 

Knives

Bob Coates

Strawberry

Wendy Schneider

Roses

Samantha Schott

Milkmaid

Susan Marie Foil

Milkmaid

Arianne Binnings

PRODUCER

Russell Krogsgard

DIRECTORS

Lynn & Randy Perkins

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Judy Krogsgard

CHOREOGRAPHER

Jessica Boudreau

LIGHT/SOUND DESIGN

Randy Perkins

SOUND TECHNICIAN

Randy Perkins

SET DESIGN

Lynn & Randy Perkins

SET CONSTRUCTION

Bob Coates & Crew

 

Russell Krogsgard

 

Weston Twardowski

 

Randy Perkins

 

Corey Wehner

 

Mike Sibley

 

Ron Rome

SET ARTISTS

Melanie Burck

 

Susan Burck

 

Cecile Aymami

SET PAINTING

The Cast

SET CREW

The Cast

COSTUME DESIGN

Melanie Burck

COSTUMES/HAIR/MAKE-UP

The Cast

POSTER

Barbara Brocato

PUBLICITY

Lou Gavin

PROGRAM

Wendy Schneider

PROPS

Lynn Perkins

 

The Cast

STAGE MANAGER

Lynn Perkins

VIDEO

Lynn & Randy Perkins

Musical magic is back in Playmakers' 'Oliver!'
-- The Times Picayune

The "musical magic" is back in full force at Covington's Playmakers Theatre.

Last weekend the collective talented team of directors Lynn and Randy Perkins, musical director Judith Krogsgard, choreographer Jessica Boudreau, and set artists Melanie Burck, Susan Burck and Cecile Aymani gave an appreciative overflow opening crowd a magical experience with "Oliver!"

The book, music and lyrics are by Lionel Bart and based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."

The enthusiastic large cast of hungry orphans opened up the musical with a rousing rendition of "Food, Glorious Food." Sadly they each receive a small portion and this causes Oliver (Chris Newhouse) to ask Mr. Bumble (Robert Waldron) for more.

Outraged by his request, Mr. Bumble sends the orphan into the cruel world where he falls in with a band of juvenile pickpockets who are under the control of Fagin (Ladson Déyne). Thankfully, Oliver is rescued from this seedy existence and surroundings by wealthy Mr. Brownlow (Ron Rome).

Newhouse is confident in his portrayal of the title character. Vocally he captures the essence of the character, most notably in "Where is Love?'

Waldron is hilarious as the comedic, bumbling Mr. Bumble. His lovey-dovey courtship scene with the Widow Corney (Missie Arata Noel) tickled the audience's funny bone as they sang "I Shall Scream" in between some cute, cuddly business.

Weston Twardowski's masterful performance as the cockney, streetwise thief The Artful Dodger is smartly achieved.

Paul Newhouse (Mr. Sowerberry) and Arianne Binnings (Mrs. Sowerberry) are quite entertaining as they join Waldron with "That's Your Funeral."

Jeff Falkenstein is right on target with his portrayal of the villainous, evil scoundrel, cutthroat Bill Sykes.

But among these solid performers are two actors who excel.

Carrie Helm (Nancy) and Déyne each make their individual portrayals things of beauty to witness.

Helm sensitively captures the agony of Nancy's dilemma as she vocally brings "As Long As He Needs Me" to life.

Déyne's makeup, coupled with his slick moves, physical characteristics and delicious nuances enable him to achieve a Fagin that brings back memories of what Oliver Twist fans envision the character to be.

There is some satisfying work from Hunter Christopher, Samantha Schott, Lauren Baiamonte, Ron Rome, Cory Wehner, Bob Coates, Wendy Schneider, Cheri Noto Karlin, Jill Lane, Melanie Burck, Susan Marie Foil and pint-size Oliver Sibley, who almost steals every scene he is in.

Others in the large cast are Austin Smith, Gia Erichson, Aaron Falkenstein, Gabby Filiberto, Calla Harper, Megan Maloney, Joshua Nunez, Katy O'Connell, Mathew Sens, Alexander Sibley, Nicholas Sibley, Kurt Thompson, Gabrielle Wehner, Kayla Willie, Krista Willie, Kate Zenor, Kurt Thompson, Joshua Nunez, Lisa Erichson, Catie West, Emily Bennett, Kirsten Lapuyade, Meredith Bennett, Chase Binnings, Cecilia Falkenstein, Nina Marie Foil, Mary Claire Hessemer, Libby Labranche, Anne Labranche, Annie Noel, Dylan Veal, Hannah Waldron, Lucas Waldron, Kara Willie, T.J. Willie, Theresa Carollo, Hunter Christopher, Lisa Erichson, Kirsten Lapuyade, Corey Wehner, Catie West, Meredith Bennett, Nina Foil, Dylan Veal and Kara Willie.

Kudos to costume designer Melanie Burck and set designers Lynn and Randy Perkins for helping to create London in the 1850s. Season tickets will be on sale during the run of "Oliver!"

Additional performances will be Friday and Saturday and July 28 and 29, Aug. 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.

There will be matinees Sunday and July 30 at 2 p.m.

For reservations, call 893-1671. Playmakers is on Playmakers Road just off Lee Road.

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Stephen B. Cefalu is The Times-Picayune's St. Tammany Parish theater reviewer. For information, call him at 882-7066 or leave a message for him at The Times-Picayune offices in Covington, 898-4826, or Slidell, 645-2857.

Fagin, played by Ladson Déyne, ponders his options as he sings 'Reviewing the Situation' during a scene from Playmakers Theatre's production of 'Oliver!

Oliver! delights Playmakers’ audiences
St, Tammany Farmer

Playmakers' production of Oliver! combines spirited acting, outstanding vocal performances, and fantastic costumes into an evening of delightful entertainment for the whole family.

The musical, which is based on the classic by Charles Dickens, takes the audience through the journey of a young boy who runs away from an orphanage and falls in with a gang of London pickpockets. Known for its heart-tugging plot and witty lyrics, the production is skillfully directed by Lynn and Randy Perkins and expertly produced by Russell Krogsgard.

Its run will continue through Aug. 5, with 8 p.m. performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday.

The curtain rises in a shoddy lunch room, where a group of young orphans with smudged faces and tattered clothing, are waiting for their measly serving of gruel from the workhouse beadle, Mr. Bumble, played by Robert Waldron, and Widow Corney, played by Missie Arata Noel. The pair ably display their musical talents by singing “I Shall Scream” and “Boy for Sale.”

As he approaches Bumble with his empty bowl raised and utters the famous line, “Please sir, I want some more,” the audience catches their first glimpse of the humble Oliver Twist, played by Christopher Newhouse.

The breadth and scope of the 11-year-old’s acting skills are apparent as he aptly conveys the goodness and inner strength of Oliver. His youthful voice is both sweet and sad in “Where Is Love?” Young Newhouse, who shares the stage with his father, will attend Fontaine-bleau Junior High in the fall as a talented drama student.

Paul Newhouse and Arianne Binnings, as Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry, portray funeral home directors who purchase Oliver to assist them with children's funerals. Paul Newhouse, making his theatrical debut, and Binnings captivate the audience with “That's Your Funeral.”

Playing both a gentleman and a tramp, Weston Twardowski, as The Artful Dodger, is a delight. No stranger to the role, having portrayed the character in an SLU production, Twardowski brings excitement to his characterization and showcases his vocal skills in “Consider Yourself” and “Be Back Soon.”

Ladson Poole, as Fagin, displays his considerable dramatic and musical talent. He ably adopts the finger twitches and suspicious nature of the rascal Fagin, who has a penchant for other people's pocketbooks. He parades around the stage captivating the audience with his character's trademark songs, “Pick a Pocket or Two” and “Reviewing the Situation.”

Carrie Helm, as Nancy, hits the high notes with perfect precision and the sincerity of her character shines through in “I'd Do Anything.” Her heartfelt rendition of “As Long As He Needs Me” charms the audience.

Jeff Falkenstein was born to play the role of Bill Sykes. His exceptional acting abilities make him the character the audience loves to hate, and his considerable vocal talent is apparent on “My Name,” which he sings as he brazenly shakes a crowbar.

Samantha Schott, as Charlotte, and Hunter Christopher, as Noah Claypole, plus chorus members Lauren Baiamonte, Jill Lane, Melanie Burck, Cheri Noto Karlin, Ron Rome, Cory Wehner, Kurt Thompson, Joshua Nunez, Lisa Erichson, Catie West, Emily Bennett, Kirsten Lapuyade, Susan Marie Foil, Bob Coates and Theresa Carollo do an outstanding job supporting the cast onstage. “Fagin's kids,” played by Aaron Falkenstein, Gabby Filiberto, Calla Harper, Megan Maloney, Katy O'Connell, Matthew Sens, Alexander Sibley, Oliver Sibley, Nicholas Sibley, Gabrielle Wehner, Kayla Willie, Krista Willie and Kate Zenor, add much to the musical's success.

The pitiful orphans, portrayed by Meredith Bennett, Chase Binnings, Cecilia Falkenstein, Nina Marie Foil, Mary Claire Hessemer, Libby Labranche, Anne Labranche, Annie Noel, Dylan Veal, Hannah Waldron, Lucas Waldron, Kara Willie and T.J. Willie, are a delight as they sing the opening song “Food, Glorious Food.”

Judy Krogsgard serves as musical director, Jessica Boudreau as choreographer and Lou Gavin as publicist. Barbara Brocato designed the poster and Wendy Schneider and Lisa Carey designed the program.

Playmakers' theatre is located north of Covington, off Louisiana 437 (Lee Road), at 19106 Playmakers Road.

For tickets, call the reservation line at 893-1671.

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Ticket Prices
Oliver!
Adult $15.00
Student $10.00

Show times
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm
Sunday matinee @ 2:00pm

For ticket reservations call 985-893-1671.

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