Oliver! at Pec Playhouse Theatre

Oliver! at Pec Playhouse Theatre


Oliver!, the classic tale of an orphan boy taken in by thieves, is running at Pec Playhouse Theatre, 314 Main St., Pecatonica.

Based on the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, the story was adapted for the stage by Lionel Bart. Oliver! tells the story of a young orphaned boy whose life is thrown into adventure when he dares to ask for more food at an 1850’s London workhouse, resulting in his being sold to Mr. Sowerberry, the Undertaker. Oliver’s life is made miserable by a fellow apprentice, and he escapes. Homeless and friendless on the streets, he meets The Artful Dodger and is introduced to Fagin and his band of pickpockets.

Oliver finds himself a student of thievery and all the risks that come with it. An inevitable arrest sets in motion events that reveal surprising facts about his origins that could change his life. But Fagin and the evil Bill Sykes have other ideas, and they enlist the aid of Sykes’ girlfriend, Nancy, and her protege, Bet, to carry out their schemes.

Populated with colorful characters and punctuated with lively, memorable songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Pick a Pocket or Two” and Oom-Pah-Pah,” Bart fashions a captivating take on this classic Dickens tale. A rousing success on both London and Broadway stages, Oliver! won three Tony Awards in 1963 and still stands tall today as a classic piece of musical theatre.

Tickets are $9.50 for adults or $8.50 for those over 65 or under 18. A special group discount of $1 per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available through the German-American State Bank, 1305 Main St., Pecatonica, during business hours, phone 239-1700; Pec Welcome Center, 316 Main St., Pecatonica, Saturdays, 9 a.m,-noon; The Rockford Arts Ticket Hotline, 395-9586 (or toll-free at 1-800-208-9198), 24 hours a day; or www.pecplayhouse.org, Pec Playhouse Theatre’s web site. You can also e-mail your request for tickets to tickets@pecplayhouse.org.

The play runs through August 11, so don’t delay!

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