‘Oliver’ will be performed at West Branch High School

'Oliver' will be performed at West Branch this weekend — Cast members of the upcoming West Branch High School production of “Oliver” include, from left, Jaylynn Lanave as Nancy, Mitchell Sharp as Bill Sykes, Alli Kanagy as Oliver, John Zamarelli as Fagin, Cullen McKay as Mr. Bumble, Julia Zamarelli as Widow Corney and Kylie Dean as Mrs. Sowerberry. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the high school. All seats are reserved and priced at $10 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets will be sold at the door and are on sale now at wbmusic.org. (Photo courtesy Dunlap Photography)

BELOIT — West Branch continues their 2019 theater season with the ever popular musical “Oliver.” The show centers around the story of Oliver Twist, a young boy who lives in a workhouse with other orphaned boys in London, England.

When Oliver disrupts a meal by asking for more, he is sold to a local undertaker and his family. They treat Oliver horribly and make him sleep under the coffins. Oliver escapes and runs off to Paddington Green where he quickly befriends another young boy, the Artful Dodger. Dodger takes him to his home, an academy for orphans who learn how to be pick pockets run by a kind, yet slightly sinister, old gentleman named Fagin.

Oliver is also introduced to Nancy Sykes, a lovable young woman, and Bet, Nancy’s best friend. When Oliver goes on his first pick-pocketing job, he is caught by the police. The man that Oliver thieved, Mr. Brownlow, learns of Oliver’s sad past and brings him into his own home. Meanwhile, Nancy’s husband (the villainous Bill Sykes) worries that Oliver will tell Mr. Brownlow and the police where the thieves live. He forces Nancy and Bet to snatch Oliver from Mr. Brownlow’s house and take him back to Fagin’s. Nancy does everything her husband tells her to but plans on secretly taking Oliver back to Mr. Brownlow. Before she can do so, Bill finds out of his wife’s plans and murders her. He then goes after Oliver, but is shot and killed. Oliver and Mr. Brownlow, who turns out to be Oliver’s grandfather, return safely home. The musical, written by Lionel Bart, includes the well known songs “Food Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and “Consider Yourself.”

Starring in the ever popular role of Oliver is fifth grader, Alli Kanagy. She is daughter of David and Mikki Kanagy and enjoys playing basketball, singing and acting. She was last seen on the West Branch stage as Les in “Newsies” last fall.

Senior Jaylynn Lanave will portray the part of Nancy. She is the daughter of Nick Lanave and Heather Drennen. She enjoys singing, acting, and twirling baton in the marching band.

Rounding out the rest of the cast as Mr. Bumble is sophomore Cullin McKay, son of Victor and Lisa McKay. He was last seen as Wiesel in “Newsies.”

John Zamarelli, the director at West Branch, will portray the part of Fagin, the miser of the show.

Junior Mario Chick, son of Carmen Chick, will portray the part of Dodger the fast talking thief of Fagin’s gang and Bet sidekick of Nancy, will be played by sophomore Alexandrina Weingart, daughter of Brian and Eileen Weingart.

The villain of the show, Bill Sykes, will be played by senior Mitchell Sharp, son of Greg and Kristen Sharp.

Freshman Julia Zamarelli, daughter of John and Jennifer Zamarelli, will portray the part of Widow Corney love interest to Mr. Bumble.

The parts of Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry will be portrayed by Dylan Daley, son of Stephanie Daley, and senior Kylie Dean, daughter of Scott and Tonya Dean.

The cast includes the following high school students who are members of the adult chorus: Devin McKean, Aidan Walters, Owen Hoopes, Jimmy Cranston, Carter Holodnak, Joey Sprague, Kyle Moreland, Jeff Legros. Dylan Daley, Nate Crick, Anthony Lacivita, Caleb Higgins, Andrew Phillips, Ethan Chapman, Jacob Brooks, Ben Sparks, Trent Adams, James Fitzsimmons, Morgan Brown, Madison Bryant, Allyson Hartzell, Elyse Schmitt, Ella Scofinsky, Kate Slutz, Cassidy Stillion, Elizabeth Stoffer, Seraphia Weingart, Ally Zion, Kaylyn Hicks, Marah Smith, Samantha Coffman, Katie Kent, Kylee Mutton, Jillian Zamarelli, Kaitlin Kidd, Kiersten Hofmann, Emma Jarvis, Tessa Wells, Cheyenne Saulsberry, Kamryn Briceland, Shiann Schaefer, Chloe Townsend, Olivia Mossow, Jess Hartzell, Kiersten Miner, Avery Steiner, Miranda Crick, Mayze Leask, Hannah Townsend, Paige Derry, Gracie Stillion, Ruby Love, Essence Hall, Austine Guess, Makenzie Walsh. Bethany Caruthers, Hannah Jones, Danny Harrison, Gabby Harrison, Alex Weingart, Macey Stancato, Alaya Kiser and Amber Caruthers.

The Children’s chorus includes Ryan Aitken, Ariana Aldridge, Keira Berger, Piper Bickley, Johnny Billingsley, Kingsley Briceland, Mason Brown, Laila Brown, Reagan Buchs, Hallie Vie Burton, Quincy Rae Burton, Jayna Connor, Gauge Connor, Hailey Cross, Delaney Crutchley, Regan Daley, Trina DeMartino, Isabelle Douglas, Presley Egli, Elaina Eichner, Renae Emmons, Emre Gott, Miley Guy, Emma Hall, Isabella Hall, Kaydynce Hamner, Sophie Harper, Lucas Herold, Faith Hicks, Kenzie Hoover, Brooklyn Horner, Emily Hoschar, Alaina Janosik, Juliana Kesseg, Adrian Kirksey, Marshall Klemann, Sydney Lane, Lauren Lewis, Noah Mason, Makayla Mayle, Klary McKay, Emma McLaughlin, Randi McManus, Annabelle McManus, Mahayla Metz, Tiana Mitchell, Marissa Mountz, Jenna Mudger, Jack Mudger, Madi Olenik, David Peterson, Owen Pittman, Cecilia Raga, Charity Rastetter, Eve Rastetter, Cameron Reichenbach, Mason Runk, Camdyn Schatz, Alaina Schluneker, Lily Scofinsky, Nick Scofinsky, Noelle Shutler, Chase Stillion, Colton Stillion, Isabella Threet, Maura Tomko, Addison Walsh, Dominic Weingart, Madison Wike, Camryn Wike, Sophie Wire, Cooper Wire, Whitney Yeagley, Blakelynn Waugaman and Indonika Woods.

“Oliver” will be a unique production because the cast includes about 130 singers and dancers from all over the West Branch district. Directors Mitchell Sharp and Tessa Wells stated “The show is a great tool that promotes music and theater throughout our school district.”

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and23 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the high school. All seats are reserved and priced at $10 for students and senior citizens and $12 for adults. Tickets are on sale now at wbmusic.org. They are also available at the door.

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