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Oliver

Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart

Produced: June, 1987
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
Scenery: Arthur Dirks
Facility: Paul Mellon Arts Center

Notes:

Choate's regular designer was on sabbatical and I was recommended. I was building very big in the 1980s, and this may have been the biggest I have ever done. I don't remember how many units, at least two of which were two stories, and two full-stage drops. The conceit was an attempt to recreate the George Cruikshank illustrations for Oliver Twist.

It was a very different experience for me, and in all, a memorable show to put together. I also learned a great deal about a top-flight prep school where kids dressed for dinner and the shift crew was at a study table in the shop between shifts. I stayed in an historic house located on campus. The story I got was that George Washington actually "slept here" on his way to Massachusetts to take over the Continental Army. My room had 18th Century furnishings, but the bed was more modern and comfortable.

Fifteen years after I did this, I would meet people in the theatre community who remembered the show. That really made it worthwhile.



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