‘Oliver’ Opens

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When: 08/01/2014, 8:00 pm

Location: Performing Arts Center


“Oliver” opens 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the PAC’s main performance hall.

The show continues at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Show times are also scheduled for 8 p.m Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9, as well as the closing show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

A look at the 2014 Summer Musical

The custom-built set that will transform the Lee College Performing Arts Center (PAC) stage into 19th century London for the upcoming run of the musical “Oliver!” arrived last week in an 18-wheeler, bringing the cast and crew another step closer to the Aug. 1 opening night.

A joint production of the college and the Baytown Little Theater (BLT), “Oliver!” will debut at 8 p.m., in the main performance hall at the PAC. Additional performances are scheduled for Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. All Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., while Sunday shows start at 2:30 p.m.

Written by Lionel Bart and based on the classic Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist,” the musical tells the story of an orphan who runs away from a harsh workhouse and ends up joining a group of boys trained by an older gentleman to be pickpockets.

The set for “Oliver!” was designed by a professional theater company in Utah, delivered to the PAC by truck and assembled on stage piece by piece — with some components standing at least 20-feet tall and requiring special equipment and multiple crew members to lift and hoist them in position. Kim Martin, a Lee College theater instructor and long-time BLT director, called the set a highlight of the show.

Veteran actor Jim Wadzinski will play the memorable character Fagin, reprising the role he first introduced to the BLT stage in 1988. Twelve-year-old actor Tanner Files will take on the role of Oliver, and Hunter Hall will play the Artful Dodger. Also heading the cast are veteran BLT actress Maegan Carnew Megginson as Nancy; Ryan Martin as the villainous Bill Sykes; Mike Tuneberg as Mr. Bumble; and BLT newcomer Janet Harrelson as the Widow Corney.

Tuneberg will also provide musical direction, with Jenny Johnson in charge of choreography. The live orchestra will be under the direction of noted conductor Dennis Eichler.

Tickets for “Oliver!” are selling fast and can be purchased online at www.lee.edu/pac.