The Dominion Prep School Theatre Arts class will perform Charles Dickens' story Oliver Twist on Thursday, May 26 at 1:15 PM in the sanctuary at Dominion Academy. We hope you can make it!
This play is based on the novel Oliver Twist, which was the second novel written by Charles Dickens. He published the story in Britain in monthly installments from 1837 to 1839. Much of this novel is based on Dickens’ own life experiences working in a shoe polish factory as a young boy. He was concerned about the treatment of the families that lived in the workhouses and wanted to bring to light the sad things going on in Victorian England - things that polite society was trying to ignore. This version, however, is from a series called “Playing with Plays,” which takes classic stories like Oliver Twist and turns them into a melodramatic farce. While the basic plot and a few of the lines remain true to the book, much of the plot is over-the-top silly. As Dickens himself wrote, “It is the custom on the stage, in all good murderous melodramas, to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in as regular alteration, as the layers of red and white in a side of streaky bacon.”
WHY OLIVER TWIST?
I chose this play because it gives young students the opportunity to interact with classic literature in a fun, silly way. The author who adapted the story had one goal in mind: "To instill the love of acting and Charles Dickens into the kids. And when you have a passion for something, they will start to teach themselves, with or without school." This year the theatre arts class has had a lot of fun with death scenes, silly romances, workhouse slavery, and zombie apocalypses. At the same time, they've learned about body language, the rehearsal process, ensemble work, plot structure, comedic timing, vocal production, public speaking and language skills, all of which have applications far beyond the stage.
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