"Oliver" is a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist". Young Oliver is first introduced to us living in a work house run by Mr. Bumble and the widow Corney. His mother died immediately after giving birth and his only connection to her is a locket that was taken from her. Oliver runs afoul of Mr. Bumble when he asks for more food and is then sold for five pounds to Mr. Sowerberry, the local undertaker. He escapes from Sowerberry's and runs off to London where he meets Jack Dawkins (also known as the "Artful Dodger") who brings him to meet Fagin - a career criminal. Fagin provides housing, food and instruction on stealing to a gang of street boys who in turn bring the loot to him.
Also introduced are one of Fagin's earlier student's Bill Sykes who is a thief and a murderer, and his girlfriend Nancy who works in a local bar ("The Three Cripples"). After Oliver is instructed in the street craft of stealing wallets and handkerchiefs, Dodger takes him for his first attempt on the street. The other boys grab a wallet and Oliver becomes frightened. He tries to run but is caught and accused of the theft. The gentleman from whom the wallet was stolen (Mr. Brownlow) learns that it was not Oliver who took it and takes him home. Here Oliver is introduced to a new life style of servants, plenty of food and education. Mr. Brownlow is struck by the resemblance between Oliver and the painting in his home of his daughter who had died as a young woman. Fagin and Bill Sykes fear that Oliver might tell who and where they are and grab him when he goes out to do an errand for Mr. Brownlow.
Sykes is abusive to Oliver and Nancy, having served as an unwilling helper in Oliver's abduction, now tries to help him escape and return to the Mr. Brownlow. In the meantime Mr. Bumble and the Widow Corney try to extort money from Mr. Brownlow in exchange for information about Oliver's linage, which was revealed by the picture in the locket that confirms that Oliver is indeed Mr. Brownlow's grandson. Nancy comes to Mr. Brownlow's, meets with him, and arranges to bring Oliver to London bridge that evening. That night she helps Oliver get away from Fagin and Bill Sykes but Bill follows her to the bridge. When he sees her sending Oliver to meet Mr. Brownlow on the bridge he kills her and grabs the boy. He is unable to escape, however, and is shot on the bridge. Oliver goes home with Mr. Brownlow, and Fagin appears with his box of treasures from under the bridge and reprises the re-consideration of his life of crime and the possibility that he will begin an honest career.
JFNH Theater (View)
698 Beech Street
Manchester, NH 03104
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