The stage lights of Church-McKee hit the cast of “Oliver!” as they practice their figure-eight choreography for what seems to be the 100th time. As they weave in and out of the center, the actors begin to bring their characters to life by interacting with each other. Smiles on faces as they sing out the song prove this musical will be a sight to see.
Chris McCabe is directing this classic tale with choreography by Kim Rowley. Dr. Brian Plitnik, PSC music professor, is producing and conducting the music. “We chose to do ‘Oliver!’ this year because we were looking for a show with a large cast as well as being able to sell to school groups and families,” McCabe said.
The cast is made up of children, teens and adults. Donny Ness, community actor, is playing the iconic role of Oliver Twist.
Justise Clay, a sophomore, said she tried out due to her love for theatre and performing on stage. Her favorite part of “Oliver!” is the dance numbers and meeting new faces that share the same passion as she.
Clay is part of the ensemble for “Oliver!”; she will be dressed as a boy. This is her third musical performance with PSC. “I hope the audience will see how hard the cast and crew have worked on the show come opening night,” Clay said. The cast has been practicing three times a week for two months and will meet every day this week to put finishing touches to the show.
Witherite, also dressed as a boy, will join Clay as part of the ensemble. Witherite has been dancing for 12 years and has taken many different styles of dance. Her favorite is tap; she will be able to showcase her skills in a tap dance break in the show. “I am beyond excited for the tap break. The last time I performed tap on stage at PSC, I was a chimney sweep,” Witherite said.
The writer and composer, Lionel Bart, turned the famous Charles Dickens novel, “Oliver Twist”, into an award-winning musical. Oliver Twist is an 11-year-old orphan growing up on the streets of Victorian England, and he finds himself friends with thieves and pickpockets. Oliver is later captured for a crime he did not commit.
However, the victim takes him in to raise as his own son. While learning the ways of how a family unit works, Oliver faces being kidnapped by the leader of the pickpockets.
Show dates are March 17-26. For more information concerning tickets, visit Potomac State College’s website under the “Campus Life” tab.
For the first time, tickets are being sold online through eventbrite.com.
PSC students can get in for free with a student ID.