August 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 2018

Book, Music and Lyrics by
Lionel Bart
Directed by Mark Wheeler

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.


Director's Bio:

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Mark Wheeler- His theatrical experience spans over 32 years throughout the mid-west regions of Michigan, Indiana and Illinois.  He has performed with Creative Arts Council (CaC), Flat River Community Players (FRCP), Cass City Players (CCP), Grand Rapids Circle Theater, Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Ladies Literary Club (LLC), Bottoms Dream Theater, Stephan Productions, Saginaw Valley Players, Bay City Theater, Bristol House Opera Company, Springfield MUNI, Springfield Theater Center (STC) and Theater in the Part (TIP. Some of his favorite acting credits range from performing as the Artful Dodger in “Oliver” , Lion in “ Wizard Of Oz”  , Billy in “Anything Goes” , LT Kendrick in A Few Good Men , Don in “ Leaving Iowa”, The Dentist “ Little Shop Of Horrors”, Jerry in “ Full Monte”, Dennis in “ Rock Of Ages” and Al in “ Chorus Line”. His local directing credits include “Jane Eyre- The Musical” (TIP), “ The Wedding Singer” (STC), CATs (TIP), “ Jesus Christ Superstar” (STC), and co-directing “ Arsenic and Old Lace” (TIP) with his wife. Marks also owns and operates DTIS studios, which focuses on instrumental arranging of original and published music of small and large orchestras, and recording mastering. 


Mark is employed by the  Illinois Army National Guard and resides in Rochester with his wife; Kristin, and his three children: James, Eric and Susan.



Thank you to all who auditioned!


Oliver: Izzy Stewart

Fagin: JB George

Dodger: Nathaniel Ed

Bill Sikes: Matt Franklin

Nancy: Abby VanDeVoort

Bet: Amanda Buch

Mr. Bumble: Andy VanDeVoort

Widow Corney: Deb VanDeVoort

Mr. Brownlow/Mr. Sowerberry: Phillip Heppe

Mrs. Sowerberry: Cynthia Higginson

Charlotte: Elsye Lanterman

Noah: Gabe Woodruff

Dr. Grimwig: Lisa Luper

Mrs. Bedwin: Cariss Filipiak

Old Sally: Maggie Cluck

Charley Bates: Violet Filipiak

Adult Ensemble: Katie George, Meghan Lowder-Paul, Aleah Cross

Orphans/ Fagins Gang: Brian Gerge, Paige Manning, Henry Reeves, Holden Nichols, Matthew Wieberg, Timothy Luper