OLIVER! April 23-25 at the Hanover Theatre

Tickets are on sale now for four performances of the musical OLIVER!, presented April 23-25 at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts by the Assumption College Department of Art, Music and Theatre. The Friday and Saturday performances are at 7 p.m.; matinees are on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Members of the Assumption community can purchase discounted tickets through Jacqueline Chlapowski in Founders 012B or by contacting her at x7304. The Friday night peformance is Assumption Night and the President and the Department of Art, Music, and Theatre are offering a deeper discount to students, faculty and staff. Discounts for the Assumption community are available only on campus.

OLIVER! features a cast of nearly 100 under the direction of Assumption theatre instructor Brian Tivnan. Cast members include 30 Assumption students, more than 50 children from Central Mass and three young-at-heart-performers over 85.

The musical OLIVER! is based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist, the story of a mistreated orphan who escapes the hard life of a London workhouse and joins a gang of pickpockets, led by the infamous Mr. Fagin. OLIVER! features musical classics, such as Food, Glorious Food; I'd Do Anything, Consider Yourself and As Long As He Needs Me, among other enduring favorites.

To prepare the many children in the cast to sing, dance and act in this large-scale production, Assumption’s TheaterWorks program, a free, four-month intensive musical theatre training camp, has been underway three days a week since January. More than 40 young people, 9-16, from the greater Worcester community were selected by audition to participate in the camp to prepare for principal roles and for dual roles of the workhouse kids and Fagin’s gang.

The TheatreWorks teaching staff includes OLIVER! director Brian Tivnan, choreographer Jennifer Agbay and musical director Fred Frabotta. Four Assumption student interns help to manage the TheatreWorks program and work with the young participants.

OLIVER! tickets for the general public are available through the Hanover Theatre at www.hanovertheatre.org.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews