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Final week for Oliver!

Monday, August 25th, 2014 | Posted by


Andrea Luekens stars at Oliver Twist in “Oliver!” (phot credit Eric Chazankin)

Andrea Luekens stars at Oliver Twist in “Oliver!” (phot credit Eric Chazankin)

Lionel Barts’ Oliver! will finish its run at the Spreckels Theatre this week. Directed by Gene Abravaya, this is the classic Oliver Twist story by Dickens skillfully rendered into a masterpiece of song and dance that features an array of adult and teen actors.

Performances will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

The musical version of Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” tells the tale of a misguided orphan boy in 19th century London. The cast features Kelly Brandeburg, Harry J. Duke, Zachary Hasbany, Tim Setzer, Peter Warden and students of Spreckels Theatre Company’s “Youth in Arts” program which is an intensive program for aspiring young actors.

Two students of the program, Andrea Luekens and Jordan Martin, share the duties of playing the title role.

Luekens is eleven years old and already a community theater veteran having played Tiny Tim in the Spreckels production of Scrooge and Jessie in Annie Get Your Gun, also a Spreckels production. She has had additional roles at the Raven heater and at St. Luke’s School.

(photo credit Eric Chazankin)

(photo credit Eric Chazankin)

Martin is ten years old and making his debut with the Spreckels Theatre Company. He has been acting since age three when he was cast as Mustardseed in the SRJC production of Shakespeare in Hollywood. He has also had roles with SRT and as Gavroche in Les Miserables at the SRJC.

The main stage production incorporates the new Paradyne projection system, developed by Spreckels Performing Arts Center, which combines still images and animations to create multiple backdrop effects.

Tickets for this show are $22-$26 and available at the Spreckels box office. The Spreckels Theatre is located at 5409 Snyder Lane. Call 588-3400.

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