Hingham Civic Music Theatre, in celebration of Charles Dickens bicentennial, brings the Charles Dickens dark, imaginative classic novel, ‘Oliver Twist’ to life in ‘Oliver’ the musical! Adorned with bright, beautiful costumes, sets, and standout performances, ‘Oliver’ will perform its final weekend at the Sanborn Auditorium, 210 Central Street in Hingham, Massachusetts on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will be held on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m.
Directed by Bill Boyer, musically directed by John Duff with choreography by Janet Fortier, ‘Oliver’ is a family production that has run on Broadway as well as enjoyed several tours and revivals in different parts of the world.
From the humble workhouse surroundings with a single banner that reads, “God is Love” to a street setting bursting with color, the sets paint a detailed portrait of London. The colorful costumes complement the landscape in the ballad, ‘Who will Buy,’ depicting a beautiful montage.
‘Oliver,’ known for its classic line, “Please sir, I want some more” has never been more charming than from John Duff III as Oliver. John portrays a sweet, naïve, but daring workhouse orphan boy named Oliver Twist who, by uncontrollable circumstances, has an opportunity to see life beyond the workhouse doors. John works well with the children’s ensemble, an energetic bunch light on their feet during some challenging numbers.
With a prominent stance and an intimidating glare, Dave Daly portrays the gruffly bombastic parish beadle Mr. Bumble. Dave has a charismatic presence and his deep vibrato commands attention, especially during the number ‘Boy for Sale.’ His scenes with Widow Corney, played with proper playfulness by Ellen Spadorcia are quite amusing to watch, especially during the flirtatious number, ‘I Shall Scream.’
Fagin, portrayed masterfully by Brendan Smith, exudes precise comic timing through physicality and a harsh, calculating whisper as if he is bringing each audience member in on a little secret. His gangly, deceptively good natured presence is put on display in the number, ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’ and his comic timing has never been better than in the number, ‘Reviewing the Situation.’
Colleen McDonough is expressive and delightful as Nancy, a sweet but tough woman who seems to have mixed with the wrong crowd. Her powerful performance of the song, ‘As Long as He Needs Me’ may have been the best version I have ever seen.
Enjoy the Hingham Civic Music Theatre’s musical, ‘Oliver’ in its final weekend at the Sanborn Auditorium, 210 Central Street in Hingham, Massachusetts on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. The final performance will be held on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m. Please bring with you to support the Hingham Interfaith Food Pantry and the Weymouth Food Pantry nonperishable items (especially cereal, juice boxes, and granola bars) or cash/checks. Look for a donation box in the lobby. Click here for tickets and visit www.hcmt.org for more on their 2013 season!