“Oliver!” by Lionel Bart, based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” is being produced by the Englewood Parks and Recreation Department as the 2013 summer musical.
It will be presented in a temporary home, Mullen High School’s Rilko Events Center, due to the reconstruction work at Englewood High School. (Englewood’s Fisher Auditorium will have new seats and lights when it’s available again.) Mullen is at 3601 S. Lowell Blvd. in Denver
“Oliver!” with veteran director Bill Ambron, retired EHS drama teacher, will play at 7:30 p.m. July 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. July 28.There are 81 cast members ranging in age from 6 to 76.
It’s Ambron’s 31st summer production.
The title role is played by newcomer Carter Novinger of Littleton and the evil Fagin is played by Xander Trullinger, in his seventh summer show. Lauren Larson, a University of Wyoming sophomore, plays Nancy and EHS alumni Tom Gerlick, in his 16th appearance, plays Mr. Bumble.
Darren Chilton plays Bill Sikes, a role he has played before, and Parks and Recreation staff member Christine Vitale is the Widow Corney. Andy Jump, in a third appearance, is the Artful Dodger.
EHS staff member Patrick Maschka appears for the first time as undertaker Mr. Sowerberry. His mother, Carole, wife, Christine, and three children, Emma, Ernie and Elliott, are all in the cast — probably the first time for six members of the same family to participate, Englewood High School drama teacher Dan Carlson said.
EHS vocal director Wendy Mahr returns for the 10th year and Taylor Young is choreographer for a third year. Tim David is first time set designer.