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9/26/2012 10:24:00 AM
Lonesome Valley Playhouse brings 'Oliver' musical to Prescott Valley
Pickpocket leader Fagin (Jason Laird) is “Reviewing the Situation” in song as he plans his future during the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s rehearsal for the musical “Oliver” in the Franklin Phonetic School auditorium in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Pickpocket leader Fagin (Jason Laird) is “Reviewing the Situation” in song as he plans his future during the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s rehearsal for the musical “Oliver” in the Franklin Phonetic School auditorium in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Oliver (Wesley Bradstreet) listens to tips from seasoned pickpocket Artful Dodger (Hyram Yarbro) as he pulls a seemingly endless scarf from the pocket of Fagin (Jason Laird) during the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s rehearsal for “Oliver” in the Franklin Phonetic School auditorium in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz
Oliver (Wesley Bradstreet) listens to tips from seasoned pickpocket Artful Dodger (Hyram Yarbro) as he pulls a seemingly endless scarf from the pocket of Fagin (Jason Laird) during the Lonesome Valley Playhouse’s rehearsal for “Oliver” in the Franklin Phonetic School auditorium in Prescott Valley.
Trib Photo/Cheryl Hartz

Cheryl Hartz
News Editor


Turn a somber subject into a rollicking musical and you get "Oliver." And the Lonesome Valley Playhouse in Prescott Valley is the latest theatrical troupe to do just that.

In a workhouse in 1850s London, a hungry Oliver Twist (Wesley Bradstreet) asks for more after downing a single cup of gruel. His life does not improve when workhouse supervisor Mr. Bumble (Ed Jackson) sells him to undertaker Mr. Sowerberry (Timothy Janisch).

Oliver runs away and hooks up with the Artful Dodger (Hyram Yarbro), one of con man Fagin's (Jason Laird) band of pickpockets. Everyone will recognize the Dodger's song of welcome, "Consider Yourself," and "I'd Do Anything" from his new friends.

But Oliver's troubles continue. Wrongly arrested for picking a pocket he didn't, Oliver finally is acquitted and goes home with the kindly victim, Mr. Brownlow (Rhianna Calvert). The happy ending doesn't come just yet, because Fagin's crony, the evil Bill Sikes (Brian Martinez) wants Oliver back and persuades Nancy (Shana Burton) to help.

Murder and a desperate rooftop chase ensue before Oliver is safe at last.

The cast of 20 children and 20 adults comes from Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt. Five local musicians comprise the orchestra.

Clyde Neville directs the production with the aid of assistant director Tamee Niekamp. Music director is Shana Burton. Teenager Alexes Niekamp arranged the children's choreography and Carie Hughes the adults'.

Performances are Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7 p.m., with matinees on Oct. 13, 20 and 21 at 3 p.m.

Adult admission is $15; students are $10, and group discounts (8 or more) are available.

The show takes place at Franklin Phonetic School's Davis Auditorium, 6151 E. Copper Hills Drive, Prescott Valley.

For advance tickets or more information, call 928-583-4684, or visit www.lonesomevalleyplayhouse.com.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Article comment by: Support Community Theatre and all the hard work put in this production....

This is a great show and I can't wait to support the many, many families involved with this play- Thanks to all involved- there are many families involved and LVPH takes all who tryout which is a great added bonus!



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