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Willsboro students to shine in ‘Oliver’ performance

WCS students go back in time for their musical “Oliver. “

WCS students go back in time for their musical “Oliver. “ Photo by Katherine Clark.

— “More!” Student actors at Willsboro Central School will be bringing another classic musical theater piece to the state with their upcoming performance of Charles Dickens “Oliver” on Nov. 9.

The 40-member cast of students from second grade to seniors in high school will act before a professional backdrop of the London skyline.

The stage will set the somber tone of the times with blue and pink lighting and a fog machine to project the streets of London in the Willsboro auditorium while a spotlight and the lively music will grab the audience.

“It’s a very dark show with orphans, people who are out of work, living dirty and dingy party of town and the music is such a contrast,” director Derrick A. Hopkins said. “The play is so upbeat as if everyone living so low uses to music to keep their spirits high.”

The story of Oliver is based on the Dickens novel, “Oliver Twist.” The play follows the orphan Oliver as he is sold from an orphanage to an undertaker shop for asking for more gruel.

The play follows Oliver after he runs away only to become part of a gang of pickpockets led by the nefarious leader, Fagin. After being caught after picking his first pocket, Oliver finds himself under the hospitality of his intended victim, Mr. Brownlow, where there is an instant bond. Just when Oliver thinks he is safe trouble comes back for him when the pickpockets go after him, fearful he will tell the police about them.

Hopkins said audience members should be prepared to love the music and will be surprised by many of the songs they already know were written for this play.

The play’s leading role of Oliver will be played by Oliver Lee. Lee said it was his first high school play and he has liked being part of it and has made new friends through the play.

“I liked the role of playing the orphan, and in the story it starts with him being really poor and the story is sad, but in the end he gets a second chance, there was hope,” Lee said.

Musical scores include Broadway classics: “Food, Glorious Food,” “I'd Do Anything,“ “Where is Love?,” “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Who Will Buy?” and “Reviewing the Situation.”

The play will show on Nov. 8 through the 11 at 7 p.m. in the High school auditorium.

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