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“Oliver!” to Open this Weekend

Lee University Theatre will conclude its 2016-17 season with the production of Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” Performances will take place on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 p.m. The following weekend, April 6-8, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly. All shows will be held in Lee’s Dixon Center Auditorium.

The award-winning musical adaptation of Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs to ever hit the stage. The musical follows the young orphan boy through London and its world of theft and violence while on a search for a home, a family, and love.

“We are very excited about presenting such a well-loved musical,” said Daniel Buck, assistant professor of theatre at Lee and director of the production. “There are over 100 people that have had a hand in making this production a reality, and it’s been thrilling to see such a concerted effort toward excellence.”

There are 23 Lee students cast in the production. The main character, Oliver, is played by two children from the Bradley County community: Slate Patterson, a student at North Lee Elementary, and Isaac Buck, a student at Lake Forest Middle School. Twenty children from the community will also appear in the opening scene of the play.
Additionally, a 15-piece orchestra arranged by Lee faculty Drs. Ron and Chery Brendel, musical directors of the production, will perform in the musical.

Tickets will be available at the Communication Arts Box Office Monday-Friday, 3-6 p.m., and one hour before curtain time at the Dixon Center Box Office. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors.

For more information, call (423) 614-8360, visit theatre, or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu. Fans are encouraged to follow Lee University Theatre on Facebook.

Oliver (being played by Slate Patterson here), along with Lee students, is pictured at a rehearsal for the musical “Oliver!”

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