Monday, May 17

Footlite Musicals: Oliver

Now playing at Footlite Musicals’ Hedback Theatre, 1847 N. Alabama, is Oliver, based on the Dickens classic about a little orphan boy who asks for more gruel. Directed by Ellie Sellars, the community theater’s production was performed on a well-matched, stark stage created by set designer, Richard Ferguson-Wagstaffe.

Overall, the show was well received by the audience, with the most applause left for the children, especially The Artful Dodger, portrayed by Matt Conwell, and Oliver, played by Noah McCullough.

McCullough’s Where is Love was best in the children’s solos and the interactive Pick a Pocket or Two reigned in as best from a group.

Although there were numerous sounding issues throughout the performance, one performer had no problem overcoming the situation.

Bill Hale as Fagin, the leader of the pickpocket gang, delighted the audience with his portrayal of the chief thief whose heart softens as his unlawful career ends. Hale’s rendition of Reviewing the Situation, was the best adult vocal performance and the highlight of the evening.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, theater critic, and travel writer. You can now follow Elizabeth on facebook or Twitter and catch her as Indy's Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC's Saturday Morning News Show, giving a quick Gotta Go list of things to do in the Indy area, including restaurants, festivals, events, theater and films.

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--This post was originally published under "Gotta Go" in the West Side Community News in Indianapolis, and the West Indianapolis Community News.

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