2008 – Oliver!

In a workhouse in Victorian England, boys march to their places at the dinner tables reluctantly awaiting their gruel as they dream of real food Food, Glorious Food. One boy, Oliver, dares to ask Mr. Bumble, who runs the workhouse with Widow Corney, for more. He scolds the boy and Oliver tries to run away. Oliver Widow Corney tells their help to take the boy and gather his things. While they are doing that Mr. Bumble flirts with Widow Corney playfully bringing up the topic of marriage I Shall Scream Afterwards, the help brings Oliver back and Mr. Bumble decides to sell him to the highest bidder Boy For Sale Oliver is bought by Mr. Sowerberry, an undertaker and his wife, Mrs. Sowerberry. They tell Mr. Bumble about their lives as undertakers as he demands his money That’s Your Funeral Oliver doesn’t like it there as he is mistreated by Mrs. Sowerberry and their daughter Charlotte and dreams of his mother Where Is Love. The next morning the Sowerberry’s young helper, Noah Claypool, comes in and makes fun of Oliver and his mother which is unacceptable, he fights with Noah, and when Mrs. Sowerberry tries to intervene he accidentally pushes into a coffin. Oliver runs away.

 On the street, young Oliver meets, the Artful Dodger, who introduces him to his gang of pickpockets Consider Yourself He takes Oliver back to their lair, Thieve’s Kitchen, to meet Fagin, the man in charge of all of the pickpockets You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Just then Nancy, a former pickpocket student of Fagin’s and her friend, Bet come to visit and meets Oliver Together with Fagin and the pickpockets, Nancy revel in the fine life it is to be a pickpocket  It’s a Fine Life Nancy and Dodger make a point to Oliver to look after himself and his new friends I’d Do Anything The next day Fagin sends Oliver out with the rest of the pickpockets and wishes them a safe and fruitful return Be Back Soon

Oliver is about to be initiated into a life of crime when Dodge steals Mr. Brownlow’s wallet, but when Dodger and the rest of the pickpockets run away, Oliver gets caught by the police.

Meanwhile, at a bar, The Three Cripples, Nancy is called upon to sing Oom Pah Pah, a well-known drinking song. The good times are cut short when Bill Sykes, Nancy’s ill tempered, abusive husband arrives and reaffirms his brash personality with My Name. When he finishes Dodger runs in to tell Fagin that Oliver has been caught and Fagin is fearful that Oliver will tell the police about the gang of pickpockets. Bill volunteers Nancy to go retrieve the boy by pretending to be his sister, when Nancy refuses, Bill hits her. As everyone leaves the bar Nancy is left to ponder her relationship with Bill As Long as He Needs Me.

Mr. Brownlow takes pity on Oliver and has him released to his care and takes him back to his home in Bloomsbury. Oliver wakes up to a luxurious room and to Mrs. Bedwin who is thinking about the poor boy’s mother Where is Love - Reprise.  She opens the window for Oliver to look out at the street merchants selling their goods. Who Will Buy  Mr. Brownlow gives Oliver some money and books to return for him so as he goes out, he is cornered by Nancy who pretends that she is his sister and that he has run away, Bill joins her and they both bring him back to the Thieve’s Kitchen. There Fagin, Nancy and Bill all disagree what to do with the boy. It’s a Fine Life Reprise They storm out leaving Fagin to ponder continuing the life of crime Reviewing the Situation.

Back at the workhouse, Widow Corney, who is now married to Mr. Bumble, hears the deathbed confession of an old woman who used to work at the workhouse. She tells her that Oliver’s mother is the dearly departed daughter of Mr. Brownlow and she gives Widow Corney the girl’s locket as proof. They decide to take the locket to Mr. Brownlow and collect the reward that has been announced for any information concerning Oliver. Oliver   When Mr. Bumble arrives at Mr. Brownlow’s, Mr. Brownlow realizes that it was Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney that have treated Oliver, and probably his daughter, so poorly and becomes even more outraged when he learns that he sold Oliver to the Sowerberry’s. Mr. Brownlow vows to make sure that Mr. Bumble and the Widow Corney will never hold a position of authority ever again.

Nancy decides that although she loves Bill, As Long as He Needs Me - Reprise she must help Oliver escape this life. She goes to Mr. Brownlow and tells him that she will deliver Oliver to him at night at the London Bridge. Night falls and Nancy brings Oliver to the bridge only to run into Bill. Bill is outraged that Nancy disobeyed him and inadvertently beats her to death. He grabs Oliver and runs onto the bridge. As people gather around Nancy they notice someone moving in the shadows. Bill threatens to kill Oliver, but the police shoot him first. Oliver is then reunited with his grandfather. The police capture Dodger who has Fagin’s money and they decide to go after Fagin as well. As they run away to find Fagin, he emerges by Nancy to again ponder renouncing the life of crime Reviewing the Situation - Reprise

 Oliver and his grandfather visit the workhouse bringing the boys there all the food they used to dream about Food Glorious Food - Reprise.

List of Characters:

Bill Sikes - A brutal and murderous professional burglar trained by Fagin.
Role: Lead
Age: 30 - 45
Sex: M
Voice: Baritone (A3 to D4)

The Artful Dodger - The cleverest and most charming of Fagin’s pickpockets
Role: Lead
Age: 13 - 16
Sex: M
Voice: Soprano (B4 to E5)

Fagin - A career criminal who trains orphans to
become pickpockets
Role: Lead
Age: 50 - 65
Sex: M
Voice: Baritone (C3 to F4)

Nancy - A pickpocket married to Bill Sikes. Noble and likeable.
Role: Lead
Age: 21 - 32
Sex: F
Voice: Alto (G3 to G5)

Oliver Twist - An innocent and charming workhouse orphan boy trying to figure out where he belongs in life.
Role: Lead
Age: 8 - 13
Sex: M
Voice: Soprano (C4 to G?5)

Mrs. Bedwin - Mr. Brownlow’s warm and kind housekeeper.
Role: Supporting
Age: 45 - 65
Sex: F
Voice: Soprano

Mrs. Sowerberry - Mr. Sowerberry’s cruel and judgmental wife.
Role: Supporting
Age: 40 - 60
Sex: F
Voice: Soprano (C4 to F5)

Widow Corney - The domineering workhouse mistress and Mr. Bumble’s wife.
Role: Supporting
Age: 45 - 55
Sex: F
Voice: Soprano

Mr. Brownlow - A wealthy and compassionate gentleman who turns out to be Oliver’s grandfather.
Role: Supporting
Age: 50 - 75
Sex: M
Voice: Spoken

Mr. Bumble - The Beadle of the workhouse. Pompous, self-important and hypocritical.
Role: Supporting
Age: 45 - 65
Sex: M
Voice: Baritone (C3 to A4)

Mr. Sowerberry - The undertaker for whom Oliver is apprenticed.
Role: Supporting
Age: 40 - 60
Sex: M
Voice: Baritone (C3 to F4)

Charley Bates
Role: Cameo
Age:
Sex: M
Voice: N/A

Charlotte Sowerberry - The flirtatious daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry.
Role: Cameo
Age: 14 - 19
Sex: F
Voice: Spoken

Dr. Grimwig
Role: Cameo
Age: 45 - 55
Sex: M
Voice: N/A

Noah Claypool - An apprentice to Mr. Sowerberry. A large but cowardly bully.
Role: Cameo
Age: 13 - 20
Sex: M
Voice: Spoken

Bet - One of Fagin’s child pickpockets. She idolizes Nancy.
Role: Cameo
Age: 16 - 28
Sex: F
Voice: Alto

Old Sally
Role: Cameo
Age: 80 - 99
Sex: F
Voice: N/A

Londoners
Role: Chorus
Age: 8 - 60
Sex: N/A
Voice: N/A

Workhouse Boys/Fagin’s Gang
Role: Chorus
Age: 8 - 17
Sex: M
Voice: N/A