Thursday, August 16, 2012

Aug. 24-27, Aug. 31-Sept. 2: Rome Little Theatre's 'Oliver Twist' opens Aug. 24

Media release: Rome Little Theatre will present its production of Charles Dickens' classic play, "Oliver Twist," the weekends of Aug. 24 and 31 at the historic DeSoto Theatre in downtown Rome. Performances run Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the RLT box office at 530 Broad Street, by calling the box office at 706.295.7171, or by visiting

"Oliver Twist" is Charles Dickens' tale of an orphan who is forced to join a gang of pickpockets, and it exposes the miserable life of child laborers in industrial 19th century England. Throughout the story, Oliver endures many trials at the hands of Fagin, the leader of the juvenile gang, and other cruel adults but maintains a pure heart and steadfast spirit in spite of his trials.

The production is directed by Wayne Jones, produced by Angela Jones, and will be brought to life on the DeSoto stage by some of Rome's most talented local actors. Rome Middle School student Cannon Rogers stars as "Oliver," and the cast also features Dave Willis as "Fagin," Ben Peck as "Bill Sikes," Virginia McChesney as "Mrs. Mann," and Chase Brackett as "Artful Dodger."

There will also be school shows offered on Aug. 29 and 30 for local middle and high school students. Because the production contains some violent scenes and mild profanity, the show is not recommended for younger children.

Tickets are now on sale at the RLT box office at 530 Broad St. or by calling the box office at 706.295.7171. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students, and ticket prices the day of the show are $13 and $11.

"Oliver Twist" opens RLT's 2012-2013 season and is part of its year-long celebration of 30 years at the DeSoto Theatre. The community is invited to join in the fun of live theatre with this exciting performance and to find out more about ways to support local theater, including becoming a member of RLT.

For more information about "Oliver Twist," becoming a member of RLT, or any of the shows in RLT's upcoming season, please visit or call the RLT office at 706.295.7171.

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