Published DateLACONIA — The Streetcar Company, the Lakes Region's longest running community theatre group, has announced the cast for the inaugural production of its 5th decade, "Oliver" by Lionel Bart and produced by special arrangement with Tams Witmark Music Library.
Taking the lead in this production will be many seasoned local performers who have been delighting local audiences for many years. Dave Bownes will be leading the group as the ever unscrupulous Fagin. His gang includes the talents of Riley Alward and Jack Harding who will be sharing the role of The Artful Dodger.
Both of these talented young men have been seen on the local stage before. Harding recently appeared as Sebastian in a GMHS production of "The Little Mermaid" and Alward has been seen with St. Car as Chip in Beauty in the Beast and Winthrop in "the Music Man".
Oliver is being played by Tyler Browne who is finishing up a production with the Winni Playhouse. Rounding out Fagin' s gang are youth from Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Moultonborough and Meredith including: Andrew and Brandon Fielders, Ryan and Jordan Witham, Alec Thomson, Matteo Van Steensburg, Kelli Ryan, Emily Paronto and Addison Clifford. Other leads include Rodney Martel as Bill Sykes, Kat Beliveau as Nancy, Roland Dubois as the Bumble and Aja Mallette as Widow Corney.
Cast members include Patte Sarausky, Joe Higgins, John Pelletier, Jenn Schillenger and many, many talented kids and young people from all across the Lakes Region.
The production team is being headed up by director Matt Demko who is the drama teacher at Gilford Middle/High School. Demko's past accomplishments include productions of "the Music Man", "Urinetown" and "The Little Mermaid."
He is supported by a talented production team including current president of Streetcar and long time director, J Alward and Doreen Richards as producers. Local dance teacher Amelia Hamilton Miller of Frates Creative Arts is doing the choreography and music is being handled by Karen Jordan of the Lakes Region Singers Chorale with Phil Breton accompanying. Matt Richards is heading up scenic design and construction and the rest of the visual team is being headed by lighting designer Jordan Tankard, costumer Kris Martel and scenic artist Janet Reidy.