Synopsis: Based on the classic Dickens novel, Oliver! follows the fortunes of young orphan Oliver Twist, who starts out in a workhouse, is sold to an undertaker, escapes there only to fall in with a band of thieves, becomes a thief himself under the tutelage of Fagin and the Artful Dodger, briefly escapes that life when he is rescued by the benevolent Brownlows, only to be kidnapped and threatened by the violent Bill Sykes.
Smoking/Drinking: Nancy, Bill Sykes’ girlfriend, works in a pub, and one of the big musical numbers in the show, “Oom-Pah-Pah,” is an old drinking song, so there will be depictions of drinking.
Violence: The world Oliver passes through is often violent, although everything turns out all right in the end. Bill Sykes is a criminal who beats and ultimately kills his girlfriend, and he threatens to do the same to Oliver. Fagin, also a comic character, has violent undercurrents. This violence may be too much for children between the ages of five and ten, but children over ten will likely take it in stride.
For Which Audiences? Oliver! is a family classic that is suitable for all audiences including children; children between the ages of five and ten should attend at a parent’s discretion.
Rating: The movie version of Oliver! was rated G.
This production is sponsored by:
Student Matinee Sponsor:
The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation