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With a little help from you, NJ's oldest continuously-operating community theaters opens its 88th season with Lionel Bart's OLIVER Read more

Bloomfield, NJ Theater
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With a little help from you, NJ's oldest continuously-operating community theaters opens its 88th season with Lionel Bart's OLIVER

Bloomfield, NJ Theater
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Celebrate Charles Dickens 200th Birthday with the Montclair Operetta Club’s “OLIVER”.

Tickets can be pre-ordered at 

 The Montclair Operetta Club will present Lionel Bart’s “Oliver,” at the Bloomfield College Westminster Arts Center, 449 Franklin Street in Bloomfield. 

Performances will be held on Nov. 2, 3, 9, & 10 at 8 p.m. and matinees on Nov. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m. 

 While other theatres are preparing to present Mr. Dickens popular holiday story, the Montclair Operetta Club has chosen to open its 88th season with Dickens’s first musical theater adaptation, “OLIVER” based on the 1938 novel “Oliver Twist.” The story is about an orphan who endures a miserable existence in a workhouse and then is placed with an undertaker. He escapes and travels to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of juvenile pickpockets. Oliver is led to the lair of their elderly criminal trainer Fagin, naively unaware of their unlawful activities. Dickens mocks the hypocrisies of his time by surrounding serious themes with sarcasm and dark humor. 

 Director: Bob Cline 

 Musical Director: Gonzalo Valencia 

 Performances: November 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 

  •  Oliver Twist (cast A) . . . . Marnie Shick 
  • Oliver Twist (cast B) . . . . Julian Rodriguez 
  • Mr. Bumble . . . . Lionel Ruland 
  • Widow Corney . . . . Gillian Hassert 
  • Noah Claypole . . . . Vinny Dupree 
  • Mr. Sowerberry . . . . Fred Velez 
  • Mrs. Sowerberry . . . . Susan DeStefano 
  • Charlotte . . . . Elizabeth Flemming 
  • Artful Dodger (cast A) . . . . Cole Canzano 
  • Artful Dodger (cast B) . . . . Katie Kallay 
  • Fagin . . . . Bob Russell 
  • Nancy . . . . Madison Houck 
  • Charles Bates . . . . Griffin Cole 
  • Bet (cast A) . . . . Brielle Raddi 
  • Bet (cast B) . . . . Devlin Stark 
  • Old Sally . . . . Linda Walsh 
  • Bill Sykes . . . . Danny Egan 
  • Mrs. Bedwin . . . . Annika Cioffi 
  • Mr. Brownlow . . . . Chuck Haley 
  • Dr. Grimwig . . . . Alex Thompson 
  • Adult Ensemble . . . . Jennifer Bogush, Ellie Kallay, Nina Kompanek 
  • Children's Ensemble . . . . Casey Beidel, Jaron Bernard, Gaea Caro, Kyra Cioffi, Mollie DeFilippo, Lauren Dougherty, Harry Echtman, Jacob Feeney, Alyssa Franck, Kaitlyn Franck, Antonio Gordon, Sophie Hudes, Clyde Johnson, Elise LoSardo, Sarah Mason, Gabriel Reis, Emma Saccone, Nikki-James Soto, Atilla Tamas, Istuan Tamas, Ellie Kallay 

 Cast A performs on November 2, 4 and 10 Cast B performs on November 3, 9, and 11


Open Auditions are being held for the Montclair Operetta Club's Production of Oliver!

Director: Bob Cline
Musical director: Gonzalo Valencia

Performance Dates:
November 2, 3, 4
November 9, 10, 11

Audition Dates:

For Children
Thursday, August 30 from 7 to 9pm
Sunday, September 9 from 2 to 4pm

For Adults
Friday, August 31 from 7 to 9pm
Sunday, September 9 from 1 to 2pm

People are seen in order of sign-in.
No appointments.

Please prepare a song (16 to 32 bars) in the style of the show (or from the show) suitable for the character for which you are auditioning (if applicable). An accompanist is provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key.

Auditions and rehearsals are at the M.O.C. studio at
494 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ.

Performances are at the Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College, Franklin & Fremont Streets, Bloomfield, NJ.


Oliver Twist A workhouse boy of about 13 years of age
Mr. Bumble A large, pompous man of 55
Widow Corney Workhouse mistress, sharp-tongued, domineering
Noah Claypole Undertaker's pimply apprentice
Mr. Sowerberry The Undertaker
Mrs. Sowerberry The Undertaker's overseer
Charlotte Their sluttish daughter
Artful Dodger Fagin's brightest pupil
Fagin An elderly receiver - runs a training academy for pickpockets
Nancy Graduate of Fagin's academy; Bill's doxy
Charles Bates Boy in Fagin's establishment
Bet 13-year-old lass in Fagin's establishment
Old Sally A pauper
Old Lady
Bill Sykes A villain in his prime
Mrs. Bedwin The Brownlows' housekeeper
Mr. Brownlow An old gentleman of wealth and breeding
Dr. Grimwig A doctor
Ensemble Bow Street Runners, Charman, workhouse children, street vendors, etc.