Following on from their spectacular production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2011, Packemin Productions and the Riverside will burst back on to the stage with an incredible new production of OLIVER! in February 2012.
This pro-am production will feature a massive cast of talented musical theatre performers – as well as many local school children in the fabulous children's ensemble.
Starring Wayne Scott Kermond (Singin' In The Rain, Guys & Dolls) as Fagin, Todd Keys (Phantom Of The Opera, Dr Zhivago) as Bill Sikes and Katie McKee (My Fair Lady, Floyd Collins) as Nancy.
Wayne Scott Kermond is a fourth generation performer and his family tradition has enabled him to learn singing, dancing, tap-dancing, acrobatics and slapstick comedy and he will be calling on most of them to bring to life the comedic role of Fagin.
Talented Katie McKee can’t wait to get on stage in her latest role as Nancy. A passionate performer, McKee has studied at the highly regarded Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, toured New Zealand with Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady and even written, produced and starred in her own cabaret act Identity Crisis for Sydney Fringe Festival.
Fresh from touring nationally with Dr Zhivago, the very talented Todd Keys is looking forward to his next role as the evil Bill Sikes. Since he was discovered in ABC TV’s singing program Operatunity Oz, Keys has had no shortage of opportunities to hone his craft, with roles in several Opera Australia productions including Pirates of Penzance and My Fair Lady.
OLIVER!, writer and composer Lionel Bart’s most successful musical, is based on the famous Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Oliver is a nine year old boy living in the squalid conditions of an orphanage but eventually finds himself living on the streets where he meets the Artful Dodger. Oliver’s new friend introduces him to the elderly Fagin who teaches young boys the art of pickpocketing. Oliver also finds a new friend in sweet Nancy and her sister Bet. Wrongly accused of stealing, he is taken in by the wealthy and kindly Mr Brownlow, but Oliver’s new life soon comes under threat by the villainous Bill Sikes.
You can see OLIVER! at Parramatta Riverside Theatres 3 – 18 February 2012
Tickets on sale now – www.riversideparramatta.com.au
Ph: (02) 88393399
Adult: from $30
Concession: from $25
Children U16: from $25