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OLIVER! Cancelled at Rotary Presents

RP_100 logoWe regret to announce that this year’s production of OLIVER! previously postponed in March has now been canceled.

Since the show was postponed only a week prior to the first performance due to the coronavirus pandemic, many production-related expenses such as costume purchases and set construction had already been incurred.

Ticket holders may opt to receive a full refund of their purchase price or donate the ticket value back to the Hamilton Rotary Club to help offset these costs. If you wish to request a refund, please contact Club Administrator Shannon Nieman at rotaryhamiltonoh@gmail.com or 513-341-8072. If you wish to donate your tickets, no action is required at this time and we thank you for your support.

The Hamilton Rotary club has enjoyed 65 years of Rotary Presents productions that help to raise more than $10,000 annually to fund scholarships for high school seniors in our community. Our club truly appreciates all the preparation of more than 70 cast members, musicians, and stage crew for OLIVER! who have worked since December to prepare for opening night. We are grateful to director Rodney Neal; co-producers Mandy Gambrell and Angie Neal; and set construction/design team Mary and Larry Slocum for everything they contributed to make this show another successful production for our club. We hope to feature some of the talented artists in their roles in the future!

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OLIVER! Postponed at Rotary Club of Hamilton

RP_100 logo“We regret to inform you that the Rotary Club of Hamilton has postponed next weekend’s production of OLIVER! as a result of Coronavirus precautions and the recent statewide ban on large gatherings.

If you have purchased tickets for the musical, we ask that you please be patient with us as we work through the details of securing a new date for the show. All ticket purchases will be transferred to the performance of your choice or refunded following the announcement. We will share an update soon regarding this and a refund option for anyone unable to attend.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this situation and will be in touch soon!

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OLIVER! Runs March 19-22

RP_Oliver logoOLIVER!
Hamilton Rotary
March 19-22
Miami University Hamilton Parrish Auditorium [Hamilton]

Directed by Rodney Neal
Produced by Angie Neal & Mandy Gambrell

Cast: Gabe Neal as Oliver, Wayne Wright as Fagin, Evan Blust as Artful Dodger, Mary Vosseberg as Nancy, Coby Osborn as Bill Sykes, Scott Christian as Mr. Bumble, Kelly Massey as Widow Corney, Bill Balfour as Mr. Sowerberry, Lacey Parsons as Mrs. Sowerberry, Abby Merrill as Bet, Clayton Eschenbrenner as Noah Claypole, Olivia Jones as Charlotte, Bob Dronberger as Mr. Brownlow, Matt Guion as Dr. Grimwig & Joan Angst as Mrs. Bedwin
Ensemble: Katelyn Moore, Holly Meyer, Molly Wanko, Marco Colant, Ella Pfirman, Naomi Wanko, Marijo Farley, Gary Bracknell, Tom Angst, Mathew Dieffenderfer, David Went, Maddi Bates, Hannah Neal, Evie Sias, Makayla Platt, Samira Platt, Tyler Hull, Ben Brown, Ryleigh Doss, Josie Halverson, Grace Martin, Ava Martin, Elli Maddock, Chloe Kime, Kaylee Beck, Mia Biondo, Maggie Hochwalt, Aiden Dieffenderfer, Abby McCullough, Devon Adams, Janelle Benjey, Owen Benjey, Morgan Greenwood, Clark Pfirman, Kate Pfirman, Ryder Parsons, Patrick Oehlenschlager, Charlie Ernst, Lilly Gibson, Jossie Garrett, Rylan Jackman, Rebecca Moore, Gwen Halverson, Alondra Scott, John Horton, Franz Horton, Joshua Braun, Dexter Harold Carpenter, Sunny Dieffenderfer, Kristina Stoddart, Maria Helbig, Shelby Carter, Dani Jones, Chelsea Smith, Ursula Biron, Katelyn Moore, Sam Murray, Morgan Garrett, Bethany Roundtree & Megan Rademacher

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

  • Thu-Fri, March 19-20 at 7pm
  • Sat, March 21 at 2pm & 7pm
  • Sun, March 22 at 2pm

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Cast Announced for OLIVER! at Rotary Presents

RP_Oliver logoCongratulations to the following people who have been cast in Rotary Presents OLIVER!, taking the stage at Parrish Auditorium at Miami University Hamilton March 19-22, 2020. More details will soon be at www.hamiltonohiorotary.com.

The cast includes:

  • Oliver – Gabe Neal
  • Fagin – Wayne Wright
  • Artful Dodger – Evan Blust
  • Nancy – Mary Vosseberg
  • Bill Sykes – Coby Osborn
  • Mr. Bumble – Scott Christian
  • Widow Corney – Kelly Massie
  • Mr. Sowerberry – Bill Balfour
  • Mrs. Sowerberry – Lacey Parsons
  • Bet – Abby Murrill
  • Noah Claypole – Clayton Eschenbrenner
  • Charlotte – Olivia Jones
  • Mr. Brownlow – Bob Dronberger
  • Dr. Grimwig – Matt Guion
  • Mrs. Bedwin – Joan Angst
  • Rose Seller – Katelyn Moore
  • Strawberry Seller – Holly Meyer
  • Milk Maid – Molly Wanko
  • Knife Grinder – Marco Colant
  • Charlie Bates – Ella Pfirman
  • Nipper – Naomi Wanko
  • Old Sally – Marijo Farley
  • Governors – Gary Bracknell, Tom Angst, Matthew Dieffenderfer, David Went
  • Workhouse Kids: Sammy Platt, Abby McCullough, Devon Adams, Janelle Benjey, Owen Benjey, Morgan Greenwood, Clark Pfirman, Kate Pfirman, Ryder Parsons, Patrick Oehlenschlager, Charlie Ernst, Lilly Gibson, Josie Garrett, Rylan Jackman, Rebecca Moore, Gwen Halverson, Alondra Scott, John Horton & Franz Horton
  • Workhouse & Fagin’s Gang: Maddi Bates, Hannah Neal, Ella Pfirman, Evie Sias, Makayla Platt, Samira Platt, Tyler Hull, Ben Brown, Ryleigh Doss, Josie Halverson, Grace Martin, Ava Martin, Naomi Wanko, Elli Maddock, Chloe Kime, Kaylee Beck, Mia Biondo, Maggie Hochwalt & Aiden Dieffenderfer
  • Men’s Ensemble: Joshua Braun, Dexter Harold Carpenter, David Went, Matt Guion, Marco Colant, Gary Bracknell, Tom Angst, Matthew Dieffenderfer, Clayton Eschnbrenner, Scott Christian & Bob Dronberger
  • Woman’s Ensemble: Sunny Dieffenderfer, Kristina Stoddart, Maria Helbig, Marijo Farley, Shelby Carter, Dani Jones, Chelsea Smith, Molly Wanko, Olivia Jones, Ursula Biron, Joan Angst, Katelyn Moore, Holly Meyer, Sam Murray, Lacey Parsons, Morgan Garrett, Bethany Roundtree & Megan Rademacher

Choreographed by Samantha Murray
Produced by Angie Neal
Vocal Direction by Betsy Horton
Directed by Rodney Neal

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Auditions Announced for OLIVER! at Hamilton Rotary Presents

RP_100 logoWe are excited to begin the journey for what is sure to be another amazing show.  Auditions are one evening only, December 16th with audition slots available from 6-9pm.  Callbacks will be Dec 18th from 6-9pm at the same location.

Directed by Rodney Neal
Music voice direction by Betsy Horton
Music conducted by Benjamin Price
Choreographed by Sam Murray
Produced by Angie Neal

Come prepared with a song: approximately 30 bars of music in the style of a Broadway Musical.

Rehearsals will start in January and are currently scheduled for Mondays and Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 and Sundays 3-6.

Oliver! Character Descriptions:
(Ages listed are to be considered stage age and are only a guidline)

  • Oliver Twist: An orphan workhouse boy, age range 8-13, singer (smooth boyish soprano)/actor. British (not cockney) accent, bright and innocent. This character is in approximately 80% of the scenes, parents should note he will be required at rehearsal more than any other person in the show.
  • Fagin: Middle aged leader of a children’s band of thieves, age range 35- 50s, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Described as devious, a user, sly fox, con man, very personable.
  • Artful Dodger: A street kid, age range 13-18, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand “man”.
  • Bill Sykes: Also worked for Fagin as a youth now a feared master criminal, age range 25-40s actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Good looking in a rough sort of way, sociopath, a killer who only looks out for himself.
  • Nancy: When she was younger worked for Fagin, now a “barmaid” at the Three Cripples Bar, age range 20-30s, singer (good belt)/actress should have decent movement skills. Cockney accent. She lives with and loves Bill Sykes, pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life.
  • Bet: Nancy’s friend, may also have worked for Fagin, age range 15-25, singer/actress should move well. Cockney accent. She idolizes Nancy.
  • Mr. Bumble: The Master of the Workhouse, age range 35-55, singer (tenor)/actor. Cockney accent. A large, pompous and corrupt bureaucrat.
  • Widow Corney: The Mistress of the Workhouse, age range 30-50, singer (soprano belt)/ actress. Cockney accent. Sharp tongued widow, also corrupt.
  • Mr. Brownlow: Older gentleman, age range 40-60, actor/singer. British (not cockney) accent. Kind upper class gentleman, Oliver’s grandfather.
  • Mr. Sowerberry: The undertaker, age range 30-45, actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Kind of creepy, “buy” Oliver from Bumble to work in the funeral home as a coffin follower, may be an alcoholic.
  • Mrs. Sowerberry: The undertaker’s wife, age range 30-45, actress/singer (mezzo). Cockney accent. More business savvy than her husband.
  • Noah Claypole: Undertaker’s apprentice, age range 18-25, actor. Cockney accent. May have also come from Workhouse. Feels threatened by, dislikes and torments Oliver.
  • Charlotte: Sowerberry’s daughter, age range 16-25, actress. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, kind of flirty.
  • Dr. Grimwig: A doctor, age range 35-55, actor. British (not cockney) accent. Upper class, friend of Mr. Brownlow.
  • Mrs. Bedwin: A housekeeper, age range 35-55. British (not cockney) accent. Works for Mr. Brownlow. Warm personality.

Workhouse & Fagin KIDS
Will cast boys AND girls. Including Dodger’s friend Charley. Singers/actors, let us know if you have any “special skills” example: acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, dance etc. We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable.  Boys and girls will be in one or more of the following: Workhouse Boys, Workhouse Assistants, Bow Street Runners, Street Vendors (Criers) Crowd of Onlookers and Passersby.

Adult Featured Ensemble
Singers (all voice types), characters with cockney and traditional British accents. Include in this are the “featured” soloists: The Rose Seller (mezzo), Strawberry Seller (soprano), Milk Maid (soprano), Knife Grinder (baritone) and Long Song Seller (Tenor); featured roles Old Sally and Old Lady (cockney accents), & the Chairman. Let us know if you have dance training.

Date: 12/16/2019 (Mon.)
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm EDT
Location: The Fitton Center for Creative Arts – 101 S Monument Ave, Hamilton, Oh 45011

Performances are March 19-22.

Reserve your audition slot at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a054faca828a64-rotary

 

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