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'Oliver!': Fair Lawn Cast, Crew Consider Themselves Part Of Community

This Fagin's gang is trying to help more than themselves.
This Fagin's gang is trying to help more than themselves. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Old Library Theatre

FAIR LAWN, N.J. -- The cast and crew at Fair Lawn's Old Library Theatre want their production of "Oliver!" to be more than a feast for the eyes and food for the soul: They've been collecting "Food, Glorious Food" donations for The Center for Food Action in Hackensack during their shows.

Anyone who contributes at the donation station located in the lobby for each of the remaining three performances at the George Frey Center for Arts and Recreation (10-10 20th St.) will receive a coupon for a free refreshment.

Shows times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Adult general admission seat are $20 each, while students and seniors pay $18. Children under 12: $10.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets:

As for the show itself: With music, book, and lyrics by Lionel Bart, "Oliver!" brings Charles Dickens's beloved novel to life, taking audiences on an adventure through Victorian England.

Directing is Scott Baird, whose credit include various presentations at his alma mater, Montclair State University, among other venues.

The cast:

Oliver: Matthew Quirk

Fagin: Bob Russell

Nancy: Lauren Grof-Tisza

Bill Sykes: Jesse Pimentel

Artful Dodger: Aaron Noriega

Mr. Bumble: Jim Coakley

Widow Corney: Brianne Wright

Bet: Shayna Rives

Mr. Sowerberry: Don Sheffrin

Mrs. Sowerberry: Dorothy Wallace

Noah: Brandon Selig

Charlotte: Olivia Kozlevcar

Mr. Brownlow: Bill Powers

Mrs. Bedwin: Cynthia Smith

Barry Dr. Grimwig: Thomas Winkler

Old Sally: Sheryl Heffernan

Adult Ensemble: Mollie Gash, Pearl Hart, Erin Jackson, Frank Riccobono, and Lauren Rowland.

Youth Ensemble: Will Anderson, Alex Catto, David Hernandez, Sofia Hernandez, Craig Legras, Aidan Mascoli, Anthony Masefield, Kyrsten Mutterer, Nicholas Pazos, Melanie Robinson, Justin Roth, Mia Subrahmanyam, Colin Volpe, and Grace Volpe.

Phone: (973) OLT-4420 Email:

You can visit Old Library Theatre and purchase tickets online at: "I'm excited to help bring Oliver! to Old Library Theatre, as it

The musical "truly represents and captures the spirit of our community theater," producer Craig M. Tiede said. "We make a concerted effort to bring performers together across generations, with the opportunity to perform musical theater classics new and old.

'Oliver!' has endured for decades because it does what all great musicals do: it makes audiences laugh, cry, gasp, tap their toes and sing along," Tiede said.

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