Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and Connecticut Heritage Productions are again joining creative forces this holiday season with a co-production of OLIVER! the Tony-Award winning musical based on Dicken’s classic novel . Adult and teens are invited to audition for this up-coming production.
directed by Peter Lofreddo will feature a multi-generational cast of
actors. As in last year’s A Civil War Christmas, which involved
Oddfellows’ Teen Repertory Company and adult actors, actors and the
community will reap the rewards of this unique partnership to produce a
tremendous musical. “Oliver contains some of the best known standards
in the Broadway show tune canon, ”Consider Yourself at Home”, “Food,
Glorious Food,”, “You Can Go but Be Back Soon “and the haunting love
ballad, “As Long As He Needs Me.” – Director Peter Lofreddo.
songs, indelible characters and a rich world will offer an entertaining
and engaging show this holiday season, with performances December 5-17,
2013. This production is being supported in part by the generous
donation from John and Mary Murphy.
will be held at Oddfellows Playhouse from 7pm – 9pm on Monday September
16th and Wednesday September 18th. Teens and Adults from all
backgrounds are encouraged to audition.
Additionally interested teens are invited to attend a pre-audition
workshop at Oddfellows on Wednesday, September 11th. This is a
fantastic opportunity to meet the artistic staff and learn songs, scenes
and dances from the show in a fun, introductory session. There is no
fee for the workshop or auditions.
Tuition is charged for the
Teen Rep program for students. Pre-registration and scholarship
applications are available at Oddfellows.org.
and CHP have joined forces on various projects in the past including
Higher Ground: an original play dramatizing the long struggle of
African-Americans for freedom and equality, and the Connecticut Valley
Student Playwriting Competition. They approach this production with the
goal of bringing together various perspectives and members of the
community to explore themes of juvenile justice, historical views of
economic inequity and a youth’s search for family.
and CHP thought this was a great production to approach with a
multigenerational cast because of the age range of characters in the
play. There is a lot to learn as an actor when you are portraying a
character your own age, rather than someone 20 or 30 years older.
Equally as important is the different point of views that a cast with
different life experiences brings to a production. It is important that
we teach our young people different points of view on the world,” said
Oddfellows’ Executive Director Matt Pugliese.
Heritage Productions' mission is to inspire, nurture, and sustain an
appreciation of the performing arts by entertaining, enlightening, and
connecting our audiences to the ever-changing sensibilities of our
times. Their work is a collaborative effort of artists, professional
staff, board members, and the community.