| By Tina Roach |

The College of Southern Maryland’s theatre company presented the musical Oliver starring one of CSM’s own faculty members, at the La Plata Campus on Nov. 12.

The musical is based off of Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist and follows a young orphan named Oliver who escapes from a work house. While living on the streets of London, he meets a group of boys and their caretaker, who teach him the art of pick-pocketing.

A majority of the cast consisted of children from local elementary and middle schools in addition to high school and CSM students.

“I think the kids have done an excellent job singing and performing for as young as they are,” said Lindsay Robeson, an audience member.

Many adults also completed the ensemble including Keith Hight, theatre coordinator and professor at CSM, who played the role of Fagin. According to Hight, it was a role he has always wanted to play.

Hight also said his favorite moment of the show was performing the song “Pick a Pocket” where his character Fagin teaches Oliver how to become a successful pick-pocket.

Audience members included individuals of various ages including senior citizens, college students and parents with their children.

“Articulate and thoughtful stage presence…played out for young and old,” said an audience member of the production.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Betty Ann Wesley, who was sitting in the front row.

The Fine Arts Theatre Center’s stage was transformed into the world of Oliver Twist courtesy of the detailed set design. In addition to acting, Hight was also the scenic designer for the production.

“It was what is called a story book set, meaning every time something moved you were in a new place. I like the challenges,” said Hight.

According to Hight, the back wall of the set was built in two hours and the side pieces were built in four and the set construction that took the longest was the painting.

The production ran for two consecutive weekends, Nov. 12 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and 13, 14, and 20 at 8p.m. In addition to a matinee on Nov. 21 at 2p.m.


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