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Consider yourself entertained: Rocklin Community Theatre presents ‘Oliver!’

Production opens Friday
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Placer Herald editor
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The Artful Dodger, Fagin and, of course, Oliver Twist, are featured in the musical rendition of Charles Dickens’ tale, opening Friday at Finn Hall.

Rocklin Community Theatre’s production of “Oliver!” features a large cast of children and adults singing such beloved tunes as “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything” and “Consider Yourself,” directed by Chris Schlagel, accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Peter Kagstrom.
 
Jill Page, who directs the show, said there are plenty of reasons why the RCT board felt “Oliver!” was a good choice for the winter show.
“First, we want to have a good show that everybody will come and enjoy,” she said. “And there’s some really fabulous music in this show, and a lot of songs that people know.”
 
Page, who lives in Rocklin, has been involved with RCT since 1994, directing most of the productions. She said that while the show does have some dark moments, overall it’s a family-friendly production that will leave people smiling.
 
Carson Sloan of Roseville, who plays the title character, describes the orphan as “kind of sad, and lonely, a little bit.” A singer since he was 5, the 11-year-old said he has enjoyed working with this talented cast.
 
“I was really excited,” he said when asked what his reaction was to being cast in such a central role. “I like how I’m the main character, because I’ve never really been the main, main character before.”
 
This is the third Rocklin production for Sacramento’s Mike Mechanick, most recently seen onstage in “Into the Woods” at the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy. Playing the role of Fagin, the show’s antagonist, is a dream come true, he said. 
 
“He is the ultimate character,” Mechanick explained. “He is a villain, but he has a heart. He’s evil, but he’s good. He’s a watchful protector and kind of out for himself. All those things, he gets to be, and that’s amazing.
 
Mechanick praised RCT for its musical and acting talent, and for the adventurous spirit of the company.
 
“I hope it grows so much, because they have stuff here for kids, for adults, it’s family-friendly and they’re just now starting to take some risks with other types of shows,” including “Nunsense A-Men” and a planned production of ‘Young Frankenstein.”
 
“They’re saying, ‘Hey, everybody, look at us if you’re in Rocklin. We’ve got game.’”
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“Oliver!”
When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 16. Additional matinee at 2 p.m. Dec. 15
Where: Finn Hall, 4090 Rocklin Road
Cost: $10-33
Tickets and info: www.rocklintheatre.org; 740-6229