Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club to present 'Oliver!'

The Fairfield Ludlowe High School Drama Club will present Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!" at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Ludlowe Auditorium, 785 Unquowa Road.

The musical, based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Oliver Twist," chronicles the adventures of the orphaned boy Oliver, played by Grant Clark, as he escapes his bleak workhouse existence, journeys to London and is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets working for master thief Fagin, portrayed by Will Powers.

In the musical, Oliver endures a miserable existence in a workhouse under the authority of Mr. Bumble (James Purcell) and the Widow Corney (Kaitlyn Carruthers), and then is placed to work at an undertaker's, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry (Matt Clyne and Brigitte Dale) and their daughter Charlotte (Katie Lamontagne). After further mistreatment from Noah Claypole (Jeff Dutter), he escapes and travels to London, where he meets the Artful Dodger (Jared Bovine), who introduces him to Fagin, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. There, Oliver meets Nancy (Katie Middleton), Bill Sykes (Tim Dutter) and Bet (Madeleine Tommins).

Finally, he is reunited with his family, the kind Mr. Brownlow (Dylan Lanham), Mrs. Bedwin (Lilly Boyd) and Dr. Grimwig (Matthew Peters).

The musical's songs include "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," "As Long As He Needs Me," and "Where is Love?"

The musical premiered in London in 1960 before debuting on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in January 1963. It was revived in London for two years in the late 1970s and again in 1983 before transferring to Broadway for 17 performances in 1984.

The musical was revived in London again in 1994 and 2009.

Tickets cost $8.

For information, contact Fran Kondziela at fkondziela@fairfieldschools.org or 203-255-7201.