'Oliver!' concludes Porthouse's summer season

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Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University's outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, concludes its 46th season with "Oliver!"

The musical runs July 25 through Aug. 10.

Directed by Porthouse Theatre artistic director Terri Kent, "Oliver!" includes musical numbers such as "Consider Yourself," "Who Will Buy," and "I'd Do Anything." The musical is based on Charles Dickens' classic novel.

The production features Actors Equity Association members Brian Keith Johnson as Bill Sykes, Patrick Kennedy as Artful Dodger, Rohn Thomas, Lucy Anders, Mackenzie Duan, and Kent State School of Theatre and Dance director Eric van Baars as Fagin. Cameron Nelson stars as Oliver Twist.

"Oliver!" also features Kent State School of Music assistant professor Timothy Culver, Lissy Gulick, Kent State School of Music assistant professor Marla Berg, Christopher D. Tuck, Ethan Montoya, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, Courtney Nelson, and Elliott Litherland.

The Boys' Ensemble is comprised of Mary Grace Bentivegna, Anna Clawson, Samuel Culver, Spencer Desberg, Wesley Howell, Jack Kendrick, Margaret Mahaney, Ethan Montoya, Cameron Moss, Carly Nelson and Stanley Niekamp.

Porthouse Theatre's 2014 Young Professional Company is comprised of Lucy Anders*, Jessica Nicole Benson, Mackenzie Duan* '14 BFA, Grace Falasco '14 BFA, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann '11 BFA, Daniel Lindenberger '10 BFA, Elliott Litherland, Darian Lunsford, Dylan Ratell '14 BFA, Christopher D. Tuck, and Shelby Shepard.

This production is choreographed by Porthouse assistant artistic director MaryAnn Black and music directed by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Jonathan Swoboda. Lighting design is by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance alumnus T.C. Kouyeas and scenic design is by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Nolan O'Dell. Costume design is by Sarah Russell MFA '09, sound design is by Brian Chismar MFA '13 and technical direction is by Ryan T. Patterson. Actors' Equity production stage manager is Derric Nolte.

For tickets, call 330-672-3884, purchase online at www.porthousetheatre.com or in person at the Porthouse Box Office, in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. The box office is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Single tickets range from $28 to $37 for adults and seniors, and $16 to $24 for students. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.

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