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‘Oliver!’ hits stage

Bet (Lauren Metzler) and Nancy (Emily Danforth) lead Fagin’s gang in a rendition of “It's a Fine Life.”

Bet (Lauren Metzler) and Nancy (Emily Danforth) lead Fagin’s gang in a rendition of “It’s a Fine Life.”

Charles Dickens’ beloved story of an orphaned boy in London will come to life this week at the Greater Escambia Council for the Arts (GECA) theater.

GECA will be presenting Oliver! — the Broadway musical based on Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist — with four performances this week at the theater, located at 100 S. Trammell Street.

Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available from cast members and at the offices of Atmore News, located at 128 S. Main St. Tickets are expected to sell quickly, so fans are encouraged to reserve their seats soon.

Phil Johnson is directing the show, which GECA also performed in 2002. Jasmina Stahly is performing the title role, and Jerry Stahly will be playing Fagin.
The full cast includes 87 named roles, as well as a chorus and extras.

Several of the musical’s songs rank among the most-known of Broadway standards, including “Food, Glorious Food,” “Oliver!,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” “As Long as He Needs Me” and “Reviewing the Situation.”

Some of the other casting roles include Anna Donald and Dodger, Emily Danforth as Nancy, Timothy Huber as Bill Sykes, Dan Johnson as Bumble, Lauren Metzler as Bet, Perry Metzler as Noah Claypole, Mark Whittington as Henry Sowerberry, Michelle Whittington as Mrs. Sowerberry, Sharon Poulsen as Widow Corney, Glenn Weber as Brownlow and Shannon Dorimus as Mrs. Bedwin.

For more information on GECA, visit online at www.gecarts.com.