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Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
'Oliver!' on stage July 10-26
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The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center presents its summer musical production, "Oliver!” weekends July 10-26.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center summer musical production, "Oliver!," opens July 10 and runs weekends through July 26.

Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets are $16; $14 for members; and $12 for students. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, call 727-942-5605 or visit www.t­arpon­arts.­org.

This classic musical was first presented in London, where it played for 2,618 performances at the New Theatre. It played for 774 performances on Broadway at the Imperial and Shubert Theatres starring Georgia Brown and Clive Revill as Nancy and Fagin.

Lionel Bart's Tony and Oscar-winning musical version of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" boasts one of the best musical scores ever written. It features I'd Do Anything for You, Where is Love, Food, Glorious Food, and Consider Yourself, and some of the most unforgettable characters.

Those characters include young Oliver Twist. Knowing nothing more than the squalid workhouse he has lived in since birth, his adventures begin at the age of 10 when he dares to ask for more gruel. He is promptly sold off to the undertaker to accompany child funeral processions. Escaping from that fate, he makes his way to London to start a new life, meeting the Artful Dodger who introduces him to the singular Mr. Fagin - an infamous trainer of young pickpockets.

Tarpon Springs' own Carter Dvornik portrays the good-hearted and sometimes spunky Oliver with a genuine flair. Local great Rick Bronson brings tremendous personality to the role of Fagin as he teaches his young brood the art of the "pick," all the while trying to keep a little peace when things begin to get out of hand.

Christina Capehart delivers a very strong performance as Nancy, the bar-singing lady of ill repute who becomes Oliver's only true friend in London's shady underworld.

Young talent Sara Sharfstein offers a charismatic Artful Dodger, Trey Ryan makes for a menacing Bill Sykes, and a fine ensemble of young orphans, pickpockets, and older townspeople bring to life the classic scenes, Consider Yourself, I'd Do Anything, and Who Will Buy, choreographed by musical director and choreographer Mark Jelks.

Directed by Jamie Bierchen, sets by Rick Hite and costumes by Helen Campbell bring the funny, heartwarming and classic story of Oliver Twist to the Tarpon Springs Stage.
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