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Porthouse Theatre Concludes 2014 Season With Oliver!

Posted Jul. 21, 2014

Musical classic will engage you with its drama and outstanding musical numbers

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The menacing Bill Sykes (Brian Keith Johnson) dangles
Oliver (Cameron Nelson) as the Artful Dodger (Patrick
Kennedy) looks on.

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, concludes its 46th season with Oliver! opening on July 25. Performances run through Aug. 10. A preview performance will take place on July 24, and a bonus matinee performance will take place on Aug. 9.

Directed by Porthouse Theatre artistic director Terri Kent, Oliver! is a musical masterpiece with music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart that contains outstanding musical numbers such as “Consider Yourself,” “Who Will Buy,” and “I’d Do Anything.” Oliver! makes Charles Dickens’ classic novel come to life and will capture audiences with its pathos and drama. Performances are July 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 at 8 p.m.; and July 27 and Aug. 3, 9, and 10 at 2 p.m.

The production 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.

Oliver! 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.

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

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, BFA ’14, Grace Falasco, BFA ’14, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, BFA ’11, Daniel Lindenberger, BFA ’10, Elliott Litherland, Darian Lunsford, Dylan Ratell, BFA ’14, Christopher D. Tuck and Shelby Shepard.

Oliver! is choreographed by MaryAnn Black, Porthouse Theatre’s assistant artistic director, and music directed by Jonathan Swoboda, assistant professor  in Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance. 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. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.