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Curtain Call Theatre to stage ‘Oliver!’ in Frankfort

The cast CurtaCall Theatre's 'Oliver!' is filled with several Southlanders.

The cast of Curtain Call Theatre's "Oliver!" is filled with several Southlanders.

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Updated: February 5, 2013 6:08AM



Curtain Call Theatre will present a classic family musical from Jan. 4-6 at Lincoln-Way East Fine Arts Center, 201 Colorado Ave., Frankfort.

Based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist” (Richard Bentley), the play “Oliver!” is set in 1860s London, where 10-year-old Oliver Twist dreams of savoring anything but the meager gruel he and his companion orphans endure for supper.

Despite his pathetic meal, Oliver is overcome with hunger and dares to ask the indignant Mr. Bumble for more. He casts Oliver out of the orphanage.

Bought by an undertaker, Oliver soon escapes deep into the heart of London, where he meets the Artful Dodger. Dodger introduces him to Fagin and his band of thieves.

The following morning, Fagin sends the boys into the streets. While busy learning about pickpocketing, Oliver is caught and arrested.

Dodger tells Fagin and his ruthless cohort Bill Sykes of the arrest. Fearful that their gig is up, Fagin and Sykes run after him.

Two weeks later, Oliver awakens in the arms of Mrs. Bedwin, elderly housekeeper to Mr. Brownlow. While peering over the balcony of the Brownlow residence, Oliver dreams of having a life with people who really love him.

Meanwhile, cold-blooded Sykes makes plans for Oliver’s recapture. Will Oliver live to see his dreams come true?

“The Curtain Call production features some of the southwest suburbs’ finest talent,” officials said. “ ‘Oliver!’ is a family-friendly show with superb acting and showstopping musical numbers such as ‘Food, Glorious Food,’ ‘Consider Yourself,’ ‘I’d Do Anything’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.’

Tickets are on sale at ccctheatre.com or call (708) 699-2228 to reserve seats.

Who’s who

The cast of “Oliver” includes Southlanders from the following towns:

CHICAGO HEIGHTS: Jeannie Markionni as Nancy.

FRANKFORT: Samuel Ruby as Oliver; Jennifer Bumba as Widow Corney; Brent Dobrovits as Noah/Knife Grinder; Collin Kavanaugh as Knife Grinder; Patrick Littleton as Long Song Seller; Emily Koonce and Lynn White both as Milkmaid; Eric Garcia as Adult Ensemble; Peter Bumba, Anmarie D’Ortenzio, Ciara Glancy, Sophia Glancy, Joe Kotze and Catherine Podlesak all as Fagin Boy; and Max Adams, Cali Burns, Alex D’Ortenzio, Jane Eaton, Sawyer Eaton, Mairead Littleton and Abigail Torres all as Children Ensemble.

HOMER GLEN: David Knezz as Fagin.

LOCKPORT: Josh Bender as Children Ensemble.

MANHATTAN: Mike Naughton and Bailey Naughton both as Adult Ensemble, and Caden Carrasco and Evelyn Naughton both as Children Ensemble.

MOKENA: Jack Patterson as Dodger, Amanda Mascarello as Bet, Lane Patterson as Adult Ensemble, Billy Griffiths as Fagin Boy, and Natalie Schaefer and Brett Smith as Children Ensemble.

MONEE: Dillon Pierce as Long Song Seller.

NEW LENOX: Steve Snyder as Mr. Sowerberry; Sue Snyder as Mrs. Sowerberry; Deidre Dalton as Charlotte; Rosie Knezz as Old Sally; Kirstin Sicinski as Milkmaid; Jorie Beemsterboer, Steven Beemsterboer, Heather Janel and Jack Zenere all as Adult Ensemble; Jared Clutter, David Helwich, Noelle Knezz, Elliot Mestas, Benjamin Radeke and Christian Spalla all as Fagin Boy; and Anastasia Karnezis, Gabriella Skerrett, Andrea Skinner, Sammi St. Leger, Leo Knezz and Luke Knezz all as Children Ensemble.

ORLAND PARK: Joe O’Sullivan as Fagin Boy.

PARK FOREST: Courtney Williams as Children Ensemble.

TINLEY PARK: Stan Staszak as Mr. Brownlow; Mary Beth Howes as Old Lady; Elise Greene as Strawberry Girl; Christine Meade as Rose Seller; and Jack Cullinan, Erin Leatherman, Shannon Leigh Leatherman, Connor Marron, Mia Marron and Noah Marron all as Children Ensemble.

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