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Bremerton’s Ivy Rice in TMP’s ‘Oliver’

Ivy Rice, a Bremerton native, is in the cast of Tacoma Musical Playhouse‘s production of “Oliver,” which opens Sept. 18.

IvyRiceRice plays Charlotte in TMP’s mounting of the beloved Lionel Bart musical based on Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” The show runs through Oct. 11

TMP is in the old Narrows Theater, 7116 Sixth Avenue in Tacoma, and has been throwing down the gauntlet to the area’s other regional theaters with some high-quality productions of late. It’s also been attracting some talent who would be familiar to regular Kitsap theater-goers.

Tickets and other information: 253-565-6867, tmp.org

— MM

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.

TMP announces six-show 2015-16 season

OK, OK, I know it’s on the wrong (south) side of the Narrows Bridge. But Tacoma Musical Playhouse is just barely across the bridge, after all, in the old Narrows Theater building on Sixth. And the company’s acting roster is swelling lately with performers from Kitsap, including Alena Menefee, who’s playing the title role in the current well-reviewed production of “Evita.”

TMP just released its lineup for the 2015-16 season. If they keep attracting some of the talent from up our way — and even if they don’t — the list of upcoming shows, including the two yet to come in the 2014-15 season, are worth a look:

May 5-June 7: “Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story”
July 10-Aug. 2: “West Side Story”

And the just-announced 2015-16 schedule:

Sept. 18-Oct. 11: “Oliver!”
Nov. 27-Dec. 20: “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”
Feb. 5-28: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
April 8-May 1: “The Scarlet Pimpernel”
May 20-June 12: “The Wiz” (the “Ease on Down the Road” one, not the “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” one)
July 8-31: “Mary Poppins”

The theater is at 7116 Sixth Ave. in Tacoma, with free parking across the street.
Tickets and information: 253-565-6867, tmp.org