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Oliver!
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COMPANY : Christian Youth Theatre -Atlanta [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Johns Creek Baptist Church
ID# 2787

SHOWING : May 02, 2008 - Unknown

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Atlanta Workshop Players Caroline Dennard
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Overall, a very good show, but in need of work.
by GAactor123
Saturday, May 10, 2008
3.5


The show as a whole was very well done. The set, and costumes were great, and the singing and dancing were very well done. However, there were some things that I think need to be reworked in the show.
1. The Story: Everyone knows the story of Oliver, the orphan who escapes his workplace for the poor, joins a band of thieves, gets caught by a rich an and is accused of burglary, and finds out that its his grandfather, and is adopted by him. The show failed to seamlessly deliver the story. It was confusing, though some parts i could recognize in the story.

2. Though the actors playing Nancy (Rachel Walls) and Bill Sikes (Grant Brown) were impressive singers, they failed to bring their characters totally to life. It seemed that Rachel focused too much on her singing, and barely enough on her characterization. It seemes to me that the character of nancy struggles with the decision to to stay with Bill, her brute of a husband, or risk her life and leave, even though she feels she loves him.

Grant was the same. He at first played the part well (his delivery of "My Name" actually scared me. But then all his energy just went out. He did pretty well in his line delivery, but he failed to use his body to show who his character really was. The scenes with Nancy and Bill argue were good, but when they got physical, they got corny. It may be because the director wanted to keep it kid friendly, but I think that Bill could have been played with a little more aggressiveness.

3. Some scenes were pointless, they could have been easily omitted from the show. They were the "Where is Love? (Reprise)", and the scene where the Artful Doger steals Mr. Brownlow's wallet. (That was explained during the bar scene!)
Besides that it was good.
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Overall, a very good show, but in need of work.
by GAactor123
Sunday, May 4, 2008
3.5
The show as a whole was very well done. The set, and costumes were great, and the singing and dancing were very well done. However, there were some things that I think need to be reworked in the show.
1. The Story: Everyone knows the story of Oliver, the orphan who escapes his workplace for the poor, joins a band of thieves, gets caught by a rich an and is accused of burglary, and finds out that its his grandfather, and is adopted by him. The show failed to seamlessly deliver the story. It was confusing, though some parts i could recognize in the story.

2. Though the actors playing Nancy (Rachel Walls) and Bill Sikes (Grant Brown) were impressive singers, they failed to bring their characters totally to life. It seemed that Rachel focused too much on her singing, and barely enough on her characterization. It seemes to me that the character of nancy struggles with the decision to to stay with Bill, her brute of a husband, or risk her life and leave, even though she feels she loves him.

Grant was the same. He at first played the part well (his delivery of "My Name" actually scared me. But then all his energy just went out. He did pretty well in his line delivery, but he failed to use his body to show who his character really was. The scenes with Nancy and Bill argue were good, but when they got physical, they got corny. It may be because the director wanted to keep it kid friendly, but I think that Bill could have been played with a little more aggressiveness.

3. Some scenes were pointless, they could have been easily omitted from the show. They were the "Where is Love? (Reprise)", and the scene where the Artful Doger steals Mr. Brownlow's wallet. (That was explained during the bar scene!)
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2 Shows?? by TheaterColin
This show is on theater review twice...Admin, can you please remove this show or combine both of them?

GAactor- Yes I agree with your first statement. The script was rather confusing, and the script they used had some confusing moments. It was A LOT Different from the movie and original London Show, but this wasn't the kids fault.

Yes. There were some pointless scenes, but they only added them to give more kids chances, and they didnt want to take out anything.

Are you involved with the production at all? You seem like it because you know the children's full names, and the cast list isn't on this show's theaterreview info...
I'm guessing... by Okely Dokely
GAactor123 knows the cast members' full names from looking at the program.
Whoops, and Idk by GAactor123
whoops! commented twice accidentally. O and btw COLIN, its me, nick who posted this. Just know I posted this not as an attack on anyone, just some constructive crticism
by GAactor123
My bad. I posted twice, and yeah, I know people fromn this production, I am Nick.
Oh ok...i knew it. by TheaterColin
Haha i knew it was someone involved with the show or was in CYT... thanks for the constructive criticism! The acting is becoming more believable now in our second weekend. Some of the kids are now really feeling what their characters are really going through...at first, it was stale and not believable, but now it's changing!


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