‘Oliver Twist’ opens April 10 at Russell High School

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RUSSELL — The Russell Association for the Performing Arts (RAPA) is gearing up for its spring production. With a cast of 40, they are presenting the classic story of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, adapted by Joellyn Bland April 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Sat., April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Russell High School.

Nearly 30 young people under the age of 21 have been granted the opportunity to perform in the large-scale production — supported by experienced by adult actors like Len Trembley as Fagin, Scott Tomlinson as Bill Sykes, Jennifer Long as Nancy and John Garroch as Mr. Brownlow.

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The show will also see the debut of a new RAPA talent, Leo Dumas, in the role of Oliver Twist. Dumas has taken some courses through Ottawa Theatre School, but this is his first major role with the Russell troupe — expected to be the first of many.

Directed and produced by Sandra McNeill and Pamela Pearson, the company also draws upon the experience of designer Len Trembley, scenic artist Stephanie Knight, sound design by Robin Dumas and the lighting expertise of Stuart Brink.

Thanks to costume team leaders Donna Lafrance and Betty Bradley, the cast’s brilliantly conceived outfits will take theatre-goers back to the 1875 fashion era and into an authentic world of pinafores, knickers and top hats.

Get tickets at www.rapa.ca, at Pronto in Russell, at the Loto Booth in Embrun, or at the door.

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