We climbed aboard the faithful Shipley Center Bus and headed out of Sequim, crossed the beautiful Hood Canal Floating Bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge without dangling our feet in the waves. An hour and a half later, our experienced driver, John, delivered us in Tacoma for lunch at Ben Dew’s Clubhouse Grill. We sat together at one big table and were able to get acquainted to some degree. My Garden Quiche was delectable and everybody else’s food looked great as well.
The newly renovated Tacoma Musical Playhouse was down the street only a block or so and we were soon inside finding our reserved seats. Charles Dickens wrote the story of Oliver Twist in 1838. It was his second novel, published first as a series. It is considered a classic masterpiece and was eventually turned into this musical, Oliver!
Although I was quite familiar with the music, as I am sure most people are, I guess the long dark story line itself was lost on me. I had a vague idea what it was about but the play was over 2 ½ hours long with a 15-minute intermission and my back began to grumble. Having said that the story line was too dark for my taste, I have nothing but praise for the musicians who played for it and the performers who acted in it. And when one realizes the Staff it takes to produce such a play. Wow!
It was charming to have a whole stage full of young boys doing such an outstanding job singing and dancing, and then I realized that a good many of them were girls made up as boys. Not only were they all fantastic in dancing and dialogue but their singing was so enthusiastic. The adult performers were excellent as well.
I will only name one of the cast members by name. Liam Loughridge, a seventh grader, played Oliver to the hilt. The adults were the glue that held the story together with their delicious humor and delightful voices. With so many on stage at one time, I cannot imagine why they didn’t get in each other’s way and wind up in a big heap right in front of us.
Though my back might not agree with me, it was a super production and well worth the effort to go see it. God Bless until next week.