Archive for the Oliver! Category

Oliver! opened Friday night to a good crowd, with a line that was long enough to delay the opening. I sat backstage Friday and Saturday as the stage construction group took turns sitting out front with the families on various days. There were minor breakages to fix and tuning to do, but mostly we just sat, listened, and tried to stay out of the way of the kids changing the scenery and props. Today, my Dad came as well as my sister-in-law and her son, and we all sat in the audience.

It was a lot of fun, getting to see the kids working towards the performance and getting it done. It was also great to see the first official performance of any kind at the new high school and know that we played a small role. The kids did a great job, and we heard a lot of comments saying how much better it was than the average high school play. Tom Surat, who directed it, did a great job in bringing out the best in the kids.

It was great for the town, too, in my opinion. With all the battles and work to get a high school built, people can finally see the promise fulfilled. A lot of people came who didn’t have kids in the school. Father Dom and some of the sisters from St. Thomas were there on Friday. (more…)

Yesterday, I posted a picture of the four people who spent the most time working on the set for the Oxford High School production of Oliver! Here are some more pictures of the set itself. Not as exciting as the production, I suppose, but I took these before the actors arrived for the evenings rehearsal.

Most of the lumber for this was donated, the “brick” walls are actually a honeycombed type of cardboard, and the backdrop was painted over at Center School. The basic structure of the landing off to stage left was actually built during a full day of work by Frank Samuelson, the principal, (more…)

Spent the last few weeks working on the sets for the play my daughter is in, Oliver. It’s the first play put on at the new High School. Pictured at left (linked to a larger version), are Tom Adamski, Len Gerwin, myself, and Len Weisgable, on the bridge at the back of the set. Lot of time, but a lot of fun, too. Then 3 performances and it all comes down.

I’m going to try to get more pictures of the set to post tomorrow.