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Classic Musical 'Oliver!' opens at UW-Waukesha

Waukesha — The University of Wisconsin-Waukesha's summer musical "Oliver!" opens Friday, July 26.

ATony Award-winning classic, "Oliver!" vividly brings to life Charles Dickens' timeless characters and ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. The production is animated with high-spirited dance numbers and filled with unforgettable tunes, including "Pick-a-pocket," "Where is Love," "Consider Yourself," and "As Long As He Needs Me."

Performed by a cast of 32 UW-Waukesha students and community members and accompanied by a professional orchestra, "Oliver!" is family entertainment at its best.

Performances of "Oliver!" will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. All in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center on campus at 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and free with a UW-Waukesha student ID. They will be sold at the door, and the box office opens an hour before each performance. All seating is general admission. For ticket information, call (262) 521-5212.

Associate Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts Steven Decker is directing and set designing the play. Assistant Professor of Music Nancy Van Brunt and Professor of Music Craig Hurst will assist with the musical direction and conducting of the production.

Guest Artist Ryan Cappleman is not only choreographing the show but appearing in one of the title roles of Fagin. Cappleman is a two-time Tommy Award winner for choreography, an honor that celebrates excellence in musical theater productions among area high schools in Wisconsin. He has also taught acting and musical theater at First Stage in Milwaukee and recently made his off-Broadway debut in the musical "Waiting…a Song Cycle." Cappleman's work is generously supported by the UW-Waukesha Foundation. Its endowed artist fund offers financial support to professional theater artists. As guest artists in residence at UW-Waukesha, these artists serve as teachers and mentors to students and community members in the arts. Cappleman, who appeared in UW-Waukesha's "Little Shop of Horrors" in 2010 and "A Capperet-A London Cabaret" in 2012, was selected by Decker as the inaugural recipient of this honor for his outstanding talent and skill as an actor and choreographer.

Performers: Emma Borkowski, Waukesha, Charlotte, Pickpocket; Regan Carter, Waukesha, Workhouse Orphan, Pickpocket; Silas Dittmer, Pewaukee, Workhouse Orphan, Bookseller's Boy; Siobhan Dittmer, Pewaukee, Workhouse Orphan, Pickpocket; Maggie Flanagan, Waukesha, Old Sally; Sydney Johnson, Waukesha, Workhouse orphan; Tyler Johnson, Waukesha, Charles Bates, Workhouse orphan, Pickpocket; Carmen Libesch, Stonebank, Workhouse orphan; Chantae Miller, Waukesha, Workhouse orphan; Paxton Robarge, Waukesha, Workhouse orphan; Ryan Cappleman, Franklin, Fagin; Morgen Clarey, Green Bay, Nancy; Sam Dittmer, Pewaukee, Laundress, Adult Chorus; Seth Dittmer, Pewaukee, Noah Claypole, Ensemble; Timothy E. Ecklor, Elkhart Lake, Mr. Sowerberry, Ensemble; Emma Estenson, Nashotah, Strawberry Seller, Ensemble; Katie Jasinski, Waukesha, Bow Street Runner; James Katzenmeyer, Delafield, Vegetable Salesman, Ensemble; Madeleine Kuenn, Sussex, The Artful Dodger; Jonathan LaMack, Waukesha, Oliver Twist; Ryan Matthew Lamb, Waukesha, Mr. Bumble, Long-Song Seller; Angela Lee, Sussex, Mrs. Sowerberry; Dylan Meyer, Waukesha, Chairman, Hussar , Ensemble; Stephanie Nilsen, Waukesha, Milkmaid, Ensemble; Elizabeth O'Hara, Waukesha, Rose Seller, Ensemble; Melissa Pol, Waukesha, Mrs. Bedwin, Ensemble; John Reilly, Prairie, Dr. Grimwig; Kira Renkas, Waukesha, Bow Street Runner; Amelia Scheit, Slinger, Widow Corney; John Sindic, Waukesha, Mr. Brownlow; Caitlin Thiele, Oconomowoc, Bett; Joey Woolfolk, Waukesha, Bill Sykes

Orchestra: Vincent Cefalu, Waukesha, Percussion; Sandy Frisque, Waukesha, Horn; Craig W. Hurst, Waukesha, Conductor; Alec Henry, West Allis, Bass; David Jensen, Waukesha, Trombone; Katy Kostich, West Allis, Cello; Marty Morgan, Waukesha, Drums; Alyssa Pon-Franklin, Waukesha, Flute/Piccolo; Ashley Rewolinski, Waukesha, Violin; Larry Sheets, Waukesha, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet; Marcia Smeiska, Waukesha, Oboe/English Horn; Jen Van Brunt, Milwaukee, Piano; Sarah Zawadiwsky, West Bend, Bassoon.

The UW-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Ensemble presents a wide variety of productions, including a summer children's theatre production of How High is Up? set for August 13-16. As a college theatre program, education is the primary goal, and shows fall in all genres.

If you go

Who: UW-Waukesha

What: "Oliver!"

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 26-27 and Aug. 2-3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4

Where: UW-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha

Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and free with a UW-Waukesha student ID.

Information: (262) 521-5212.

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