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March 4, 2014

North to bring ‘Oliver’ to the stage

By April Lehmbeck
C & G Staff Writer

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The cast in Grosse Pointe North’s depiction of “Oliver” takes the stage for a rehearsal last week.

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — While high school plays usually only show off the talent of the high school students in the cast, crew and orchestra pit, the upcoming presentation of “Oliver” has turned the high school musical into a community affair.

“We also have children singing who auditioned from Monteith, Mason, Ferry and Parcells. Very exciting,” Publicity Chair Donna Brown said in an email.

The musical, based on Charles Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist,” will open at 7:30 p.m. March 6 at the Grosse Pointe Performing Arts Center at Grosse Pointe North, 770 Vernier in Grosse Pointe Woods. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 7 and 8.

Director Sean Kifer said they focused on schools in the north end of the district that feed into Grosse Pointe North. Kifer said that there is a great deal of talent in the schools on the north end of the district and he wanted to show off that talent.

As for the high school cast, there is a good mix of freshmen through seniors on the stage and in the crew.

While he is new to directing plays at North this year, he isn't new to the district. He has vast experience directing at Parcells Middle School and has worked with many of the young actors at North when they were in middle school.

He said another nice component of having the elementary school students in this play is that he'll get to work with and foster the talents of students that he'll eventually see as middle school and high school students.

Besides a number of cast members, the show also will feature high school and children’s choruses.

To purchase tickets, visit Wild Birds Unlimited, 20381 Mack in Grosse Pointe Woods, visit www.gpndramaclub.webs.com or buy tickets at the door. For more information, call (313) 343-0006.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer April Lehmbeck at alehmbeck@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1043.