HARRISON – The Lakes Region Community Theater is presenting a two-weekend run of “Oliver! The Musical” at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison.
The production is under the direction of Mary Bastoni, with Pam Collins-Stahle as choreographer, and is produced by Janet Ver Planck, Jyselle Watkins and Lew Krainin.
Lead cast members include Oliver Clay-Storm as Oliver Twist, Peter Allen as Fagin, Pete Lazaron as the Artful Dodger, Natasha Repass as Nancy and Rick Clay-Storm as Bill Sykes.
More than 60 local actors, many age 10 and under, make up the rest of the talented cast who will sing, dance and act their way into your hearts. The rest of the cast includes the following: John Anderson, Emily Aviles, Allison Baker, Brighton Bradford, Cosette Concetta Brochu, Vincent Brown, Emma Brown, Sean Buchanen, Kayley Buckley, Ethan Clay-Storm, Liza Collins-Schrader, Wes Cowperthwaite, Taylor Cronin, John Curtis, Jared Curtis, Janel Danforth, Savannah DeVoe, Tamara Douglas, Sarah Douglas, Kenya DuBrule, Keli Forke, Julie Frum, Jessica Frum, Rachel Frum, Alex Johnston, Mason Kluge-Edwards, Jackson MacDonald, Molly Madsen, Chris Madura, Mellissa Mattucci, Susie Mosca, Momoka Nakamura, Dan Neault, Erin Ohlenbusch, Shannon Oliver, Owen Orlando, Olivia Orlando, Tracy Orlando, Bayleigh Patenaude, Meghan Perrin, Maggie Rickert, Molly Rickert, Joanne Ridlon, Corban Ridlon, Kendyl Ridlon, Samantha Scarf, Abby Scarlett, Derrek Schrader, Jen Shiffer, Ginnie Spaulding, Emily St. John, Ty Stahle, Polly Vaillant, Janet Ver Planck, Emma Walker, Kelly Milliken Winslow, Morgan Milliken Winslow and Cooper Milliken Winslow.
Deep in rehearsals, the production includes several families, such as the Douglases of Harrison. Until last year, Tamara Douglas hadn’t performed in a long time, but her 15-year-old daughter, Sarah, has been dancing since she was 2 and a half. Tamara’s eyes sparkle as she says, “It’s great any time I can do something with my kids. It’s the first time we’ve done this together.”
For the Ridlon family of Casco, it’s a similar situation. While mom Joanne and daughters Corban and Kendyl will perform, dad Patrick will be working behind the scenes. “All four of us in the same play at the same time. It’s the whole family together. Corban started us with her interest in theater in 2009 and we all followed,” explains Joanne Ridlon. “And I appreciate the teens and adults who are great role models for our children.”
Performances span two weekends, from Friday, June 22, through Saturday, July 1. Curtain time for Friday and Saturday shows is 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets, priced at $15/adults and $12/age 12 and under, are available at various outlets. Several area restaurants are offering dinner discounts before the show. Visit www.lrctme.org for more information about tickets and dinner discounts.