OLIVER! April 22nd-27th

By on April 19, 2018


Premier Theatre Productions and the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA) are concluding the 2017-18 Main Stage Season with OLIVER! THE MUSICAL. Oliver will be performed April 22nd – 27th  at the Kodak Center at 200 W. Ridge Rd. Rochester, NY 14615

The show features the largest cast RAPA has ever had on stage. Oliver is under the direction of Eric Vaughn Johnson. Johnson is well known in the area for his work in the arts in Greece, Pittsford and at RAPA. Most recently, Johnson directed Two Tickets to Paradise: The Eddie Money MusicalJohnson also established a partnership with Children Awaiting Parents to make Oliver! a fundraiser for their organization.

Charles Dickens’ unforgettable characters come to life as the story tells of a poor orphan and his associates scrambling to survive in Old London Towne and begging for “more.” Oliver, a runaway orphan, finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the clever Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Full of timeless tunes, including: “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Food Glorious Food,” “Who Will Buy,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and many more.

The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show Oliver! is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

Oliver! The Musical will run for three shows at the Kodak Center Main Stage, 200 W. Ridge Road, Rochester:

  • Sunday, April 22 – 2PM (*ASL Interpreted Performance)
  • Sunday, April 22 – 6PM
  • Friday, April 27 – 7:30PM

Last seen as Bert in RAPA’s Mary Poppins and as Barnaby in Babes in Toyland, comedian and actor Jeff Andrews returns to the Kodak Center stage as Fagin. Jeff is known for his Sketch Comedy group Canary in a Coal Mine and has coached improv groups throughout Rochester, including Provumentary and Linda and the Heartbreakers.

The Oliver! cast also features Rochester favorites Johnnie Simmons as Bill Sikes, Lauran Marron as Nancy, Shawn Gray as Mr. Sowerberry, Billy DeMetsenaere as Mr. Bumble and Diane Chevron as Mrs. Bedwin. Rounding out the adult cast is Hector Manuel (Dodger), Ava Medler (Oliver), Peter Elliot (Mr. Brownlow), Rebecca Chalone (Widow Corney), Emily Beseau (Mrs. Sowerberry),  Holly Lowden (Bet), Anne Olivia Cincotta, Ray Trim, Nicolas Samper, Andrew Theede, Grace TerranoCaroline Holley, Tom Morell, Tina Hoffman, Jacinta Roes, Skylar Christensen, Rachel Christensen, Ian Reynolds, Vicki Roes, Emily Shifflet, Justin Gommel, Barbara Martorana, Desiree Alexander, Kenya Malcolm, and Nancy Meister. The youth ensemble includes: Riley Ball, Reece Gurell, Gavin Fizer, Lucia Samper, Cecilia Samper, Eirnin Bacon, Vivian Hughes, Jared Berger, Reeve Cincotta, Sadie Ball, Brennan Hoelperl, Zooey Stopani, Katherine Mary Chalone, Colette Roes, Marcella Cincotta, Natalie Cincotta, Dashel PekurnyJoey GregoireCiaran Keane, Benjamin Tantalo, Sean Kuder, Eian-Gabriel Sinclair, Casey Bronson, Ben Orzell.

Tickets are $29.50 to $49.50 and are on sale at RAPAtheatre.org or by calling (585) 254-0073. With discounts for seniors, students and kids 12 & under.

About RAPA Theatre
The Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), founded 40 years ago in 1978, is a theater company dedicated and committed to all interested in the arts in Rochester and beyond. RAPA branches off into three opportunities to better serve the community: Professional theater, RAPA Family Theatre, and School for Performing Arts. Home to a wide variety of performers, RAPA’s actors and staff range from former Broadway performers to successful television and film personalities.

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