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Porthouse Theatre Concludes 2014 Season with ‘Oliver!’

 The Artful Dodger (Patrick Kennedy) and Oliver (Cameron Nelson) consider their new friendship.
The Artful Dodger (Patrick Kennedy) and Oliver (Cameron Nelson) consider their new friendship.
Porthouse Theatre

This popular classic musical will engage all with its drama and high stepping production numbers

Porthouse Theatre (Kent State University’s Outdoor Summer Theatre) will be concluding its 46th season with their production of the musical “Oliver!”. The performance will take place at Porthouse Theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center. The show opens on Friday, July 25 and will close on Sunday, August 10, 2014. There will be a preview performance scheduled for July 24, 2014 and a bonus matinee on Saturday, August 9.

The show is directed by Terri Kent (Porthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director with music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart. The production contains such well known songs as “Consider Yourself,” “Who Will Buy,” and “I’d Do Anything”.

This musical rendition of the classic Dickens’ novel will be performed July 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 and August 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 p.m.; and July 27 and August 3, 9, and 10 at 2:00 p.m..

The cast features Actors Equity Association members Brian Keith Johnson* as Bill Sykes, Patrick Kennedy* as Artful Dodger, Rohn Thomas*, Lucy Anders*, Mackenzie Duan*, and Kent State School of Theatre and Dance director Eric van Baars* as Fagin. Cameron Nelson stars as Oliver Twist. This show also features Kent State School of Music assistant professor Timothy Culver, Lissy Gulick, Kent State School of Music assistant professor Marla Berg, Christopher D. Tuck, Ethan Montoya, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, Courtney Nelson, and Elliott Litherland.
The Boys’ Ensemble is comprised of Mary Grace Bentivegna, Anna Clawson, Samuel Culver, Spencer Desberg, Wesley Howell, Jack Kendrick, Margaret Mahaney, Ethan Montoya, Cameron Moss, Carly Nelson and Stanley Niekamp.

Porthouse Theatre’s 2014 Young Professional Company is comprised of Lucy Anders*, Jessica Nicole Benson, Mackenzie Duan* ’14 BFA, Grace Falasco ’14 BFA, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann ’11 BFA, Daniel Lindenberger ’10 BFA, Elliott Litherland, Darian Lunsford, Dylan Ratell ’14 BFA, Christopher D. Tuck, and Shelby Shepard.

*Member of the Actors’ Equity Association

“Oliver!” is choreographed by Porthouse assistant artistic director MaryAnn Black and music directed by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance assistant professor Jonathan Swoboda. Lighting design is by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance alumnus T.C. Kouyeas and scenic design is by Kent State School of Theatre and Dance alumnus Nolan O’Dell. Costume design is by Sarah Russell MFA ‘09, sound design is by Brian Chismar MFA ‘13 and technical direction is by Ryan T. Patterson. Actors’ Equity production stage manager is Derric Nolte.

For tickets, call 330-672-3884, purchase online at or in person at the Porthouse Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 11am to 5 pm. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

Note: Gold Center tickets refer to the best seats, senior pricing applies to individuals age 60+ and student pricing applies to those 18 and under or with valid college ID.

Single tickets, ranging from $28 - $37 for adults and seniors and $16 - $24 for students, are on sale now.

Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.

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