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It’s a fine life | Play review

May 16, 2013 · Updated 1:34 PM

Orcas Center’s newest production is community theatre at its finest. Director Deborah Sparks has brought together a dynamic cast that has chemistry throughout the two hours they are singing, acting, fighting and crying on center stage.

The lead performers of “Oliver!” – Mason Scoggin, Robert Hall, Cali Bagby and Matthew Laslo-White  – completely immerse themselves into their characters. Throw in some incredible costumes and inventive sets, and the audience is right there on the grimy, destitute streets of 1800s London. Alongside the catchy show tunes are serious social issues like poverty, child abuse and domestic violence. For an editorial by Bagby about her character,  see page 4.

The orchestra and back stage crew are the backbone of the play, allowing the cast to transport the audience. These productions require incredible volunteer hours for both the kids and adults, who juggle school and work with rehearsal schedules. Thank you for valuing the arts and offering pieces like this in our community. “Oliver!” will be performed this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


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