New River Stage Presents Oliver Twist

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New River Stage will have audiences saying “Please, sir, I want some more,” with their dark production of “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens, adapted by Robert Thomas Noll. This adaptation is an exciting, fast-moving melodrama about the adventures of an orphan redeemed
from a life of cruel poverty and crime.

“What drew me to this version of ‘Oliver Twist’ is how it feels true to the original source material,” said director Lincoln Sklar. “When Dickens wrote [his book] he intended it to be a social commentary on how the impoverished of his time were treated by society. The story resonates with today’s audience because we can all see ourselves in the resilience of Oliver.”

Piper Freeman stars as the titicular Oliver Twist and the show features Victoria Cochran as Fagin, Shaye Lester as Nancy, Josh Marrett as Bill Sikes, and Addison Campbell as the Artful Dodger. The cast is made up of 14 local actors playing more than 30 roles and will include original music by Anna and David Smith.

This play is recommended for ages middle school and above due to depictions of child abuse, domestic abuse, and stage violence.

Dates: March 7, 13, and 14 at 7pm, March 7, 8, and 14 at 3pm
Duration: 120 minutes with a 10-minute intermission
Cost: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors and Students
Tickets available at the door or online at
Venue: The Village Center at Warm Hearth Village, 2387 Warm Hearth Dr, Blacksburg, VA
For more information, please contact New River Stage at 540-585-4295 or
Directed by Lincoln Sklar
Assistant Director Shaye Lester
Produced by Drew Callahan
Technical Direction by Johan Guyt and James Pharis
Costuming by Elizabeth Ainsworth
Original Music by Anna Smith and David Smith