Greenport High School Drama Club’s latest show follows little Oliver Twist, a thirteen-year-old orphan played by freshman Xavier Kahn, who just wants a stomach full of food, a family to love and a home to call his own.
The show will open tonight at 7 p.m. and run this weekend only, with additional performances tomorrow at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at Greenport High School.
After Oliver runs away from his orphanage and its beadle, the dreadful Mr. Bumble (Jonathan Montgomery Medina, freshman), he meets a street kid named Artful Dodger played by freshman Jacob Kahn. Dodger recruits Oliver into his merry band of pickpockets led by the charismatic Mr. Fagin, who is portrayed by Elijah Smith, a senior.
The cast is comprised of Greenport students from grades six through 12, showcasing actors as young as 11 years old.
The musical, based on Charles Dicken’s timeless classic novel “Oliver Twist,” features music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, for which he won the Tony in 1963. Some of the show’s best-known songs are “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything for You” and “Where is Love?” The musical premiered in the West End in 1960 and was turned into a movie musical in 1968, with multiple revivals in London since.
Tickets are available for purchase in-person at Floyd Memorial Library or at the door or can be reserved by email at [email protected]. Tickets are $10 with special $5 pricing for students under 12 and seniors. Greenport/Oysterponds students and their families are also eligible for a matinee coupon that will bring the price down to $5/ticket for the Saturday performance only.
SoutholdLOCAL photos by Courtney Blasl.