St. Luke’s Lead Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Stiles Williams, shared that St. Luke’s Theatre Ministry chooses content that “allows us to shine a light on relevant issues in the Central Florida community, and to create meaningful conversation around topics like racial equity, and acceptance and inclusion of all people.” Stiles Williams goes on to say that the Oliver! story “speaks to not only to the poverty of Dickens’ time, but the poverty many of our children and families are facing in Central Florida today.”
The production features Omari Pernell as Oliver Twist, Ralph Prentice Daniel as Fagin, Axel Rimmele as Dodger, Faith Boles as Nancy, Matt Stevens as Bill Sikes, Alina Alcántara as Widow Corney, Joseph D’Ambrosi as Bumble, and Michael Morman as Mr. Brownlow, along with a dynamic ensemble of all ages, and a full orchestra. The design team includes: Scenic Design by Cliff Price, Lighting Design by Miles Bresin, Costume Design by Daisy McCarthy, and Sound Design by Anthony Narciso. The show’s stage manager is Tiffany Lyn Meadows, with choreography by Kim Ball.
All performances will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church (4851 S. Apopka Vineland Rd. in Orlando) on the Founder’s Hall stage. Theatre at St. Luke’s production of Oliver! opens July 22 at 7:00 p.m. and will run select dates through August 7. Tickets are $15-35 and are available at st.lukes.org/oliver.