Oliver Twist, played by Tommy Bakay, right; The Artful Dodger, played by Noah Wheeler, left; and Kiera Denning as Nancy will take the stage uring the mid-August production of Oliver! The Musical in Royersford.

Oliver Twist, played by Tommy Bakay, right; The Artful Dodger, played by Noah Wheeler, left; and Kiera Denning as Nancy take the stage in the August production of Oliver! The Musical in Royersford.

ROYERSFORD PA – A cast and crew of more than 50 young people and adults, all of them members of the Royersford Baptist Church‘s RBC Players theater troupe, will stage a production of “Oliver! The Musical,” nightly Aug. 12-15 (2009; Wednesday through Saturday) in the church’s air-conditioned Fellowship Hall, 452 S. Lewis Rd.

Charlie Denning plays Mr. Bumble.

Charlie Denning plays Mr. Bumble.

“Oliver! The Musical” is an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver Twist. The author tells the rousing story of Twist, a young orphaned boy surrounded by scoundrels in 1890s London. RBC’s Tommy Bakay fills Oliver’s shoes in the title role, encountering an array of friends and foes alike. The production is directed by Dianne Umstead.

The show includes “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “It’s a Fine Life,” and “You’ve Got To Pick a Pocket or Two” among its many memorable songs.

The hall’s doors will open each night at 7 p.m., when reserved tickets will be available for pick-up. All tickets cost $8, and can be ordered online at the church’s virtual store. Place ticket orders by clicking on the appropriate link for any one of the four nights of the show. Reservations also can be made by phone; call 610-948-4170.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available during intermission. The show’s music, lyrics and book are by Lionel Bart. RBC’s presentation is licensed by arrangement with Oliver Productions Ltd. and Oliver Promotions Ltd.

Fellowship Hall is located one block south of Spring-Ford High School.

Photos by Bill Mason Images, supplied by RBC

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