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a Musical
by Lionel Bart

ID# 4163

SHOWING : November 25, 2011 - December 18, 2011



The musical adaptation tells Dickens' classic story of an orphaned boy forced to join a band of homeless lads trained to pick pockets on the mean streets of old London. Join Oliver, Nancy and The Artful Dodger in singing favorites such as “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself (One of Us)” and “Oom-Pah-Pah”. ACT1 brings the pain, laughter and redemption of this timeless tale to life on stage.

Show Dates: Every Friday and Saturday night from November 25 – December 15 at 7:30pm. Sunday Matinees on December 4, 11 and 18 at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adults: $18.00 each / Children under 12 and Seniors over 60: $15 each

Where: ACT1 Theater is located inside Alpharetta Presbyterian Church at 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

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Director Lisa Matchen
Costume Master Suzanne Heiser
Tech Master Murray Mann
Choreographer Autumn Morgenstern
Set Designer Rich Vandever
The Artful Dodger Clee Alexander
Mr. Sowerberry, Mr. Brownlow, chairman Joe Baxter
Nancy Lauren Cleland
Old Sally, Chorus, Strawberry seller Lizzie Farley
Dr. Grimwig, Chairman, Watchman, Chorus Jim Gray
Milk Maid/Annie/Chorus Corinne Hall
Charlie Bates; Orphan Eli Hutchinson
Bet Elena Matchen
Oliver Sarah Candace Miller
Ms. Bedwin/ Bartender/Chorus Tiara Marie VanLowe
Widow Corney, Long Song Seller Anne Voller
Fagin Mike Yow
Publicity Barbara McFann
Marketing Robin Thornett
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by Theaterguru101
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This is my first review so I will keep it short and to the point. Act1 Theater's production of Oliver was mediocre. The music was too slow. The set looked ok but the changes inbetween the scenes were too long and moreover distracting. The cast lacked energy. In the scenes with Nancy, the rest of the cast members relied on her to carry the scene as she was the only one with a proper understanding of her role. The choreography screamed simplicity however this cast werent clear of the movements. The thing that helped this show at all was the singing. There were some great singers in this cast,Nancy had an great voice as well as Mrs. Bedwin, however her weight and costume were distracting. Bill Sykes has no great singing ability however it worked well with his mean character. The Artful Dodger was on crutches and played by a girl. Oliver who was also played by a girl, was very unconfident in both her lines and her singing. Mr. bumble and Widow Corney had great scenes that were funny, however not portrayed clearly. Mrs. Sowerberry did not sing the best but kept my attention. All in all, this was a mediocre performance of such a great musical. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
by playgoer
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Act1's "Oliver!" is a pretty lackluster production of Lionel Bart's musical. The major problem is pacing. Music director Sue Marsico provides able accompaniment, but songs slow down perceptibly after their introduction, when the actors start to sing. For a sprightly score like "Oliver!" has, that's the kiss of death. The lack of energy hampers the show.

A little energy is injected when Mike Yow enters as Fagin. With his Captain Hook wig and avuncular chortle, though, the menace of the character is completely missing. The only actor who comes through shining is Lauren Cleland as Nancy. Her singing, her acting, and her reactions all ring true. It's a very nice performance. Joe Baxter also does well in his multiple roles, but those characters aren't enough of a driving factor to do more than brighten occasional moments of the show.

The children in the show are all acceptable. Most of the roles are filled by girls, which throws off the balance of the gang of boys, but it's more a distraction than a real problem. There's no mugging or overacting, but there's no real excitement either.

Vocally, the show is fine, with the only sour notes coming from Mike Yow when he attempts to navigate some of the embellishments of his notes. The set, designed by Rich Vandever and Dianne McNaughton, makes use of some nice backdrops and allows for a fairly good flow of action. Costumes, usually the highlight of Act1 productions, here are a bit of a mixed bag. Costume designer Suzanne Heiser and director Lisa Matchen approved a "Hussar" costume that looks just like a high school band marching outfit and sticks out like a sore thumb. Mr. Bumble's jacket and hat have a bit too much of the look of a costume. Standard Victorian housedresses on much of the cast work fine, but don't add any color to the production. The most involved costume is for Nancy, who looks a bit like a MacKenzie-Childs sampler, with a black-and-white corset underlying a dress and hat in various patterns with a red palette. Lighting design is not credited, and does not always illuminate action, especially when it spills out into the audience aisleways.

Act1's "Oliver!" is a show that plods along instead of sparkling with energy. The story comes across, but not always with clarity. There are a lot of enjoyable moments (the audience particularly liked the interactions between the Widow Corney and Mr. Bumble), but they don't jell together into a whole.


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