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Seminarians Perform Musical “Oliver!”

The seminarians of Sacred Heart presented the musical “Oliver!” for three performances, on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2013. The Friday and Saturday evening performance, both at 7:30 PM, were full houses, with the matinee on Saturday at 2:00 PM nearly full.

 

Oliver! is an adaption of the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist. The musical was made into a feature film that won six Academy Awards.

 

The talented seminarians, thirty-six in all, performed and sang all of the parts except for two female roles. As one playgoer commented, "I didn't think the guys could top last year's play, but this year it might have been even better! It's amazing how great the seminarians sing. They're practically like professionals."

 

Seminarians really come together as a team for the annual plays. They handled Oliver!'s direction, scenery design and construction, light board operation, publicity, videography, ushering and played most of the orchestra instruments. All of this effort is even more impressive considering the men must find time for line memorization and play practice in between their intensive study and formational workload.

 

“Oliver!” was held in Sacred Heart’s vintage 500-seat auditorium; thus the weekend attendance was close to 1300, an outstanding show of support for the hard work of the men. Although there was no admission charge, playgoers responded with overwhelming generosity.The free-will offering was over $12,000 for the three performances. The proceeds will benefit the seminarians, particularly supporting the cost of producing future plays.

 

For everyone who attended or supported the play by donating time, talent and financial resources, the men of Sacred Heart say, "Thank you!"

 

Couldn't make the play? Read an outstanding review and critique of Oliver! here. And be sure not to miss next year's seminarian spring play, held in late March or early April.