Myers Dinner Theater presents ‘Oliver’


July 3 — HILLSBORO, Ind. – The next season of the Myers Dinner Theater 25th anniversary season will be the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Oliver! The award-winning show Olivier is one of the few musicals to win an Oscar for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come alive as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a work house, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver flees to London and finds acceptance among a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by old Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a robbery he didn’t commit, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering a family’s true love.

This stage and screen classic will be directed and choreographed by MDT Artistic Jeremy Littlejohn, with musical direction provided by John D. Phillips of Indianapolis, who produced the music for The Little Mermaid, Little Women and The Ark in 2020 and Hello, Dolly! this summer. The production features a host of faces that are both fresh and familiar, including alumni DRae Beller, Mahlon Nevitt and Preston Dildine of Crawfordsville, Travis Bird of Decatur, Edmund Castle of Union Mills, Ty Hanes of Ohio, Don Hart of Columbia City, Kevin Ray Johnson of Minnesota, Rachael Henry Johnson of Florida, Sophie Miller of Carmel, Mary Taylor of Darlington, Sarah Hayes of Iowa as Nancy and Charles Burr of Michigan as Fagin. MDT newcomers Madison Cantey and Ivy Meyer from Lafayette, Lillian G. Meagher from Bloomingdale, Anthony Christopher Milfelt from Missouri, Jonathon Michael Osgood from Noblesville, Brayden Stedge from Clarks Hill, Scott Stockton from Brownsburg, Anthony Meek from Plainfield as The Artful Dodger and Cecil Meyer of Lafayette as Oliver Twist, who are all making their MDT debuts.

Oliver by Lionel Bart! opens July 9 and runs through August 1, with weekday mornings and Saturdays for dinner at noon and the curtain at 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening performances for dinner at 6:30 p.m. with a curtain at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday twilight with seats for dinner at 5:00 p.m. and curtain at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 765-798- 4902 ext. 2, or by visiting the website at www.myersdt.com. Show dates vary, so please check the online calendar for show dates and times. Theater prices are $ 44 for dinner and theater, $ 32 for students (ages 4-18), and $ 30 for the show only. Prices do not include taxes and handling charges. The remainder of the 2021 season includes The Drowsy Chaperone, Nunsense, Our Town and during the holidays, A Christmas Story, The Musical. Group rates and bus parking are also available. Myers Dinner Theater is located at 108 Water St. in Hillsboro and offers disability accessibility.

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