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Oliver Twist wants more of Elkin, and he’s returning to the Foothills Theatre, as the theatre gears up for its 45th season on stage in Elkin.

According to theatre officials, Elkin showcased “Oliver Twist” in 1974 and then again in 1996.

The classic Charles Dickens tale of “Oliver Twist” was adapted into a musical by Lionel Bart and made into a popular movie in 1968.

“Please sir, I want some more,” says Oliver in a classic moment from the original movie.

Mr. Bumble, another character of the movie, reacts with an appalled expression wondering why young Oliver would ask for more food.

Theatre officials say everyone will remember the songs “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “Pick a Pocket or Two” and “Where Is Love?”

“We all have been working extremely hard since late May learning songs, dances, and dialogue and working on the set. Those long hours are evident. Dodger will steal your heart, Oliver will make you cry, the Sowerberrys will crack you up and Sikes will scare the living daylights out of you. All in all, you will just have a great time with Fagin and his young thieves,” said Leighanne Martin Wright, executive director of the Foothills Arts Council.

The community theater group became an associate member of the Foothills Arts Council in 2006. Prior to that the group was under the Parks and Rec Department. This will be the group’s 88th production counting winter shows and Kidshop Theatre plays.

The cast and crew includes: Leighanne Martin Wright of Elkin, director; Kim Arnold of Elkin, choreographer; Freddy Casstevens of Boonville, music director; Addison Blackwelder of State Road as Oliver; Tyler Zickmund of Mocksville as the Artful Dodger; David Nielsen of Elkin as Fagin; Jennifer Kleinheksel of State Road as Nancy Sykes; Morgan Harrison of Elkin as Bill Sykes; Will Parks of Hamptonville as Mr. Bumble; Christine Werner Booher of Elkin as Widow Corney; Scott Carpenter of Mount Airy as Mr. Sowerberry and Mr. Brownlow; Kitsey E. Burns of East Bend as Mrs. Sowerberry; Michael Jones of Elkin as Noah Claypole; Bailey Atkins of Mount Airy as Charlotte; Isabella Wyatt of Sparta as Bet; Judy Deck of Jonesville as Mrs. Bedwin; Neil Green of State Road as Dr. Grimwig; with an ensemble cast of Emma Aldridge, Katie Carter, Henry Freeman, Margaret Freeman, Nicole Freeman, Claire Grider, Grace Harrison, Lucas Keller, Eli Powell, Whitney Sprinkle, Anna Taylor, Cassidy Transou, Christie Harrison, Mary Keller, Amy Rector, Aspen Jackson, all of Elkin; Ella Kleinheksel, Aaron Blackwelder, both of State Road; Gabriel Hammesfahr, Sandra Hammesfahr, both of Boonville; and Vicky Zickmund of Mocksville.

The orchestra includes Freddy Casstevens on piano; Julie Shaw, flute; Nick Gordan, drums; Jonathan Owens, violin; and Josh Casstevens, bass.

According to theatre officials, the play will be performed at Elkin High School’s Dixon Auditorium, 334 Elk Spur St. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10/$7 children under 12 and available at the door.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.

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