H-M-B students present ‘Oliver!’
The Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock School’s K-6 graders, along with cameo roles by members of the High School Choir, performed selections from the British musical “Oliver!,” based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Playing the role of Oliver in the various scenes were: Lindsey Aman, Matthew MacDonald, Philip Reese, Taiya Schmidt, Anna Small and Tara Jo Dahl. The performance was held Tues., March 26, in the Ben Kalberer Gymnasium. The musical began with the orphanage executive board members (seated at far right—who all just happened to be HMB School Board and staff members) inspecting the gruel prepared for the 52 orphans, and then choosing to eat the “ahhh good” food which the half-starved orphans could only look at while passing by on their way from the orphanage workhouse to the huge dining room. The orphans longed to someday be able to eat “Food, Glorious Food,” expressing their yearning in song as they raised their bowls of gruel in the air and slammed them onto the dining tables in frustration.
When Oliver (performed by Lindsey Aman) gathers up the courage to ask for more gruel, the widow Corney (Maria Shea) and Mr. Bumble kick Oliver out of the orphanage, and he is sold to the local undertaker.
The judge (Gavin Benz) is pictured with some of the orphans.
The orphans line up to reprise “Consider Yourself’” at the end of the musical.
Oliver, played by Philip Reese, sings a tearful solo “Where is Love?”
Oliver, played by Matthew MacDonald, right, confronts Noah (DeLons Schiermeister) for defaming Oliver’s mother’s name.
The heartless and greedy Mr. Bumble is performed by Sam Reese.
Oliver, played by Tara Jo Dahl, wakes up in a strange room and begins to sing about the beautiful morning.
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