The production, with a cast of 50 performers, will feature 25 child actors, singers and dancers from Queens and Long Island in a number of roles. The timing of "Oliver!," written by Lionel Bart, which is based on the Charles Dickens classic "Oliver Twist," serves as a celebratory nod to Dickens as 2012 marks the author's 200th birthday.
The show will debut at the on Saturday, at 8:30 p.m., with Lawrence F. Bloom, Richard Louis-Pierre and Jessica McCuiston serving as Director, Musical Director and Choreographer, respectively.
Along with the theatrical entertainment, Theatre By The Bay will provide audience members the opportunity to do something good for the community with a "Food Glorious Food" drive. To participate, all theatre goers have to do is bring non-perishable food items for donation. All food collected from each performance will go to City Harvest for use in its distribution efforts.
The seven dates for performances are as follows, Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th and 17th, and Sundays, March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th. All Saturday showings are at 8:30 p.m., while Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. Q&A sessions with the cast will take place immediately following the Sunday, March 11th and 18th shows.
Adult tickets are being sold for $20, and Seniors (62 and older), along with children (13 and younger) pay a discounted price of $18 per ticket. Tickets can be purchased here, or by calling the Temple office at 718-428-6363.