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Lethbridge Musical Theatre gets ready for Oliver

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 Lethbridge Musical Theatre brings Oliver to the Yates Theatre beginning Nov. 4.Ed Bayly supervises vocal rehearsals for Oliver. Photo By Richard Amery
 This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic book Oliver Twist features an extensive cast and crew and is sure to be a lot of fun.

“ It is based on  Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens’ story. It is about a boy in a workhouse who is apprenticed, actually sold, for five pounds, to a coffin maker. He escapes and runs away and gets mixed up with the artful dodger Fagin, the head of a band of young  robbers. He ends up getting adopted by his paternal grandfather and lives happily ever after,” said  director Bayly.

Ticket sales are going really well already.

“It’s coming together rather well,” Bayly continued.

“We have a week to go,” he said.

 There are over 60 cast members involved with the production and because the production has a long run, 12 performances running Nov. 4-19, and involves a lot of children, they are doing something a little different.

“We’ve got two teams of orphans and two Olivers and two artful dodgers,” Bayly said.
 They had an impressive turnout for auditions.

“As it was, we had over 180 people come out for auditions. And I still had to tell 120 people they couldn’t be in in it, which is difficult. But it is gratifying to see so much interest in it,” Bayly said.
“ We have a mixture of veterans an newcomers,” he said.

 Lethbridge Musical Theatre productions are very much a community event. While auditions  for the production took place in April, cast and crew have had their noses to the grindstone actively rehearsing since Sept. 4.

 “The production team is really good,” Bayly enthused.

 Sandy Brunelle is the vocal director for this production and Joy Ackerman is the choreographer. The orchestra is lead by Bob Brunelle.

  The show begins at 8 p.m. November 4,5,6(matinee),   9,10,11,12, 15,16,17,18,19, with a 2p.m. matinee Nov. 6.
 Tickets cost $22 for the evening shows and $20 for the matinee.

 — by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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