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NDA to Puts Its Twist on ‘Oliver’

May 5, 2019

TYNGSBORO -- Join the students and staff at the Academy of Notre Dame for an adaptation of Lionel Bart’s classic musical and Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist.”

“Consider yourself at home and one of the family” as the newly formed Lower-Middle School Performing Arts Program, The Academy Playmakers, perform “Oliver.”

Akshaya Vadivel, a seventh-grader from Nashua, N.H., has worked with the director, English Instructor Stephen Flynn, to ensure a high-quality performance from the cast and is looking forward to bringing the audience back to Victorian-era London.

The drama appeals to all ages and includes memorable songs from the musical, including “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”

More than 100 students make up the cast and crew, with Aditya Prasad, an eighth-grader from Nashua, N.H, as Fagin and Elias Theofilopoulos, a seventh-grader from Chelmsford, playing Oliver, both of whom are participating in their first musical. Other notable roles include Shreeya Menon (sixth grade, Nashua, N.H.) as The Artful Dodger, Rebecca Sousa (eighth grade, Chelmsford), as Nancy, and Molly Shanahan (seventh grade, Dunstable) as Bet.

Performance dates Friday, May 17, through Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m., with a matinee as well on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and children under 12, and are available at ndatyngsboro.org/lower/order-tickets . Tickets sold at the door are $10.