Windham musical "Oliver!" is a family affair
The Windham Actors Guild’s production of “Oliver!” will debut on the high school stage, with a number of area families performing together in the cast.
But he said his current role of Bill has perhaps proven his most challenging one yet.
Fellow Windham resident Melissa Runde stars opposite Strang as his victimized love interest, Nancy.
“They’re loving this,” she said. “I definitely pushed them to try it out because they’re both so sporty and I really wanted them to try something new.”
“Since I play an abused woman, at first I was pretty worried that it would be upsetting for the boys to see,” Runde said. “But they’re learning all about stage combat and what goes into it. They understand it’s not real.”
“It’s definitely a unique aspect of this particular show,” Cohen said. “It’s something you don’t see happening very often.”
Director Deb Lund said she’s worked hard to stay true to the original story, which Dickens wrote at age 25 to protest the treatment of children in Victorian-era England.
The show is not recommended for audience members under age 8 because of violent scenes.
Evening performances on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, are at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday, April 6, matinee at 2 p.m.
For more information or to reserve tickets, call 247-8634 or visit www.ticketstage.com/T/WAG.
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