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Limelight Theatre Company Presents 'Oliver!' at West Aurora High School

The show will be held at 7 p.m. today through Saturday, at West Aurora High School, 1201 West New York St., Aurora.

The Limelight Theatre Company summer season has included one exciting show after another! We kicked it all off with a group of loveable logophiles in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, examined the educational institution in AYP, and discovered what truly lies within in Beauty and the Beast. All that, and Limelight still isn’t done!

The summer season will wrap up with the classic musical Oliver!, brought with a Limelight twist.

The show will be held at 7 p.m. today through Saturday, at West Aurora High School, 1201 West New York St., Aurora. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students/seniors. All seats are general admission and tickets can be purchased at the door.

Consider yourself one of us as we follow the journey of a young orphan who is caught among the haves, the have-nots, and the stole-what-they-haves, in unforgiving, dank, pre-Victorian London. Featuring classic musical numbers, such as Food, Glorious Food and As Long As He Needs Me, this epic story shows the societal structures that trap and restrict the city's poor, where the likelihood of their next meal depends on how light their fingers are.

This production embodies the spirit of this theatre group. Limelight emphasizes the importance of the process, as well as the end product. The actors learn not only the technical skills required to perform a show, but gain insight into what it takes to bring everything and everyone together throughout the journey. From auditions to rehearsals to the performances, the members of this ensemble have improved individually, grown together, and had a lot of fun along the way. The four performances from opening night to closing night are the cherry on top of nearly two months of dedication and hard work.

The directorial/production team wanted to ensure that the cast and crew felt a sense of ownership in this production as they created their characters and added their own special skills and creative suggestions to the mix.

Director Brian Brems came into the rehearsal process with a very clear vision for the world of Oliver that everyone was excited to get behind and make a reality. Brems was joined by River Stanford (Music Director), Alex Watts (Choreographer), and Amanda Connon (Pit Director) who each instructed and engaged with the participants (ages 11-21) with great skill and aplomb. This interpretation of a Dickensian atmosphere has been crafted from the ground up by the cast, crew and an additional army of dedicated volunteers helping to build sets and make costumes and props. All of the cooperation and teamwork have created a stunning final production that pulls audiences into the action so completely, they will be singing along, and double checking their pockets on the way out the door.

The cast of talented triple threats includes: Angela Cohen, Anthony Ortiz, Ariadne Egan, Bella DeCeault, Ben Colwell, Carissa Johnson, Casey Slezak, Chelsey Walker, Elise Thalman, Emily Wyatt, Ethan Ylisela, Giselle Gaztambide, Hannah Krusinger, Hassaanah Leverette, Hayden Castle, Isabel Thalman, Jack Rogalla, Jacob Lantz, Jeremiah Adams, Jessica Gladis, Jordan Caulk, Julia Rhoden, Kate Schulte, Khadijah Leverette, Lauren Buck, Lauren Thalman, Lizzie Smith, Lucie Kupres, Maddie Dougherty, Madison Bigalow, Maegan Zappia, Maureen O’Hara, Maya Dougherty, Melissa Segarra-Rivera, Morgan Piper, Sabrina Parduhn, Sarah Hinkle, Sarah Obert, Sofia Godinez, Vera Mehnert, Veronica Martis, Zack Slezak, & Zoe Slezak.

The music for this production will be provided by a live pit orchestra.  This group of volunteer musicians includes: Alex Athitakis, Alex Takacs, Amanda Muscato, Anthony Ashner, Brianna Bradley, Collin Bradley, Emily Wolski, Eric Novak, Erin Smith, Hannah Kaitschuk, Kate Benson, Kayla Lee, Kendra Lee, Mike Supej, Ryan Zerna, Tom Hartnett, & Tyler Selvig.

For more information about this final production of Limelight’s Summer 2012 Season and upcoming theatrical opportunities, visit www.limelighttheatrecompany.org or contact Cori at cveverka@oswegolandpd.org.

Amy Snyder Weiland August 02, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Photography by www.amyweilandphotography.com
Josh LaMantan August 03, 2012 at 05:28 AM
If you love theater or are looking for something to do this Friday or Saturday, you owe it to yourself to go see this amazing production. I had the opportunity to see the show this evening and I have to say that I was completely blown away!! Great job Limelight and all of the wonderful actors/actresses who did a great job!!!

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