"The lasting theme of the show is about finding the light and making the most of any situation," said sophomore Emma McGaraghan, who plays Nancy. The show, said senior Rishi Varma "is full of big, exciting dance numbers, as well as soft, dramatic character moments."
Director of Creative Arts and Upper School Drama Steven Minning joins forces with David Mugglebee, director of middle school drama, on the all-school musical featuring actors ages 11 to 18. Seventh-graders Dylan Gold and Sean Nesamoney play the title role of Oliver on alternating nights.
Minning said he chose "Oliver!" because of the show's enduring message of hope. Continuing the tradition of philanthropy Minning began four years ago, the production will collect donations to benefit Truckers Against Trafficking, a national nonprofit that works to combat human trafficking.
Performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets, at $10 for adults and $5 for students, are available at store.menloschool.org or at the box office one hour before each performance. Gates open at 6 p.m. with lawn and traditional seating. Picnic blankets, picnic dinners and low-profile lawn chairs are allowed.
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