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Festival 56 presents “Oliver!” at high school

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

PRINCETON – Festival 56 will open “Oliver!,” the beloved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist,” on July 11 at the Princeton High School Council Auditorium, 103 S. Euclid Ave.

There will be five other performances: July 12, 19, 22, 24 and 25. All shows are at 7:30 p.m.

Returning Festival actors in “Oliver!” are: Caleb Donahoe as The Artful Dodger, Bob Colonna as Fagin, Matt Scott as Mr. Brownlow, and Dave Roden as Mr. Sowerberry.

Local actor Reid Tomasson plays Oliver, and Ashleigh Thompson, new to Festival this year, plays Nancy. The children, ages 8 through 14, who have participated in this summer’s Camp 56 will also be performing in “Oliver!”

The director of “Oliver!” is Mike Kirsch, a New York-based performer, director and choreographer. Musical direction for this production – and all of Festival’s summer musicals – is Bill Asher. He has experience as a music director for regional productions and national tours of major musicals.

A brief discussion with the show’s cast and director will take place after the opening-night performance.

To purchase tickets, visit, call 815-879-5656, ext. 11, or stop by the Festival 56 box office at the Grace Performing Arts Center, 316 S. Main St., Princeton. The box office is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and an hour before each performance.

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