Ovation! plans a Dickens of a Christmas

Ovation! Musical Theatre Bainbridge performed Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” back in December 2008. They’ll bring it back seven years later for their 2015 holiday production, according to an announcement on May 16 at the company’s annual fundraising gala.

Ovation!Oliver has a nice winning streak going with their holiday shows: An out-of-the-park “Peter Pan” in 2014, “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 2013 and “My Fair Lady” in 2012. (Their summer shows hardly have been slouches, either: “Evita” in 2014, “Les Miserables” in 2013 and “The Pirates of Penzance” in 2012 all were wonderful.)

“Oliver!”, based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” is filled with great songs, and thus great opportunities for great singers — which puts it right in the musicals-only wheelhouse of Ovation!

The company is loading up some more Gilbert and Sullivan for this summer. They’ll do “H.M.S. Pinafore” from July 17-Aug. 2.

Performance dates for “Oliver!” have yet to be announced, and an all-parts-open audition date will be disclosed soon, too.

Information: 206-842-0472, ovationmtb.org.

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