"Oliver!" on stage at College of the Siskiyous this weekend

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald
Cast members from College of the Siskiyous Theater Department and Mt. Shasta Children's Theater presentation of “Oliver!” Left to right, Sophia Hunter as Oliver, Bill Counts as Bill Sykes, Rose Carpentier-Alting as one of the orphans, and Kim Nile as the Strawberry Seller.

The College of the Siskiyous Theatre Department and Mt. Shasta Children’s Theatre have teamed to present Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical “Oliver!”

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3 p.m. in the COS Kenneth W. Ford Theater at the Weed campus.

This is the first time the College of the Siskiyous’ Theatre Department is joining with local Mt. Shasta Children’s Theatre to present a family friendly musical for the holidays.

“Oliver!” is based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” An international favorite since it was introduced to the London stage in 1960, it is the story of a young orphan, abused and misused, who never stops looking for love.

The songs of Lionel Bart will have you whistling them long after you hear them: “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” and many more.

Tickets are $15, general; $10, students, senior citizens, and children under age 12. A special Family Four Pack is on sale for $35.

To purchase tickets in advance, stop by the Weed campus Bookstore or call the COS Public Relations Office at (530) 938-5373.

“This is an incredibly exciting community collaboration. It’s wonderful! I hope Siskiyou County finds it as beautiful as I do,” said Wendy James, director of Mt. Shasta Children’s Theatre and choreographer for the show.

“I have been in awe of what Mt. Shasta Children’s Theatre Company has accomplished over the past several years and I’m excited for the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented group,” said Neil Carpentier-Alting, College of the Siskiyous’ Director of Theatre.

It is such a great honor to work with Mette Kolding and Wendy James on this project. I’ve worked with them individually on several successful shows in the past and I’m anticipating great things with this production of Oliver.”

If tickets are available on show dates, they will be sold from the Theater Box Office beginning 45 minutes prior to show time.