The Academy Playmakers Presents Oliver

The Academy Playmakers Presents Oliver

Join the students and staff at the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) for an adaptation of Lionel Bart’s classic musical and Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.  


Consider yourself at home and one of the family as the newly formed Lower-Middle School Performing Arts Program, The Academy Playmakers perform Oliver.


Akshaya Vadivel, grade 7, (Nashua, NH), playing the role of Old Sally, has worked along with the director to ensure a high quality performance from the cast and is looking forward to bringing the audience back to Victorian era London with NDA’s version of Oliver.


The musical chronicles the young life of Oliver Twist as he escapes from the Sowerberry Undertaker Parlor

and wanders the streets of London. Eventually, Oliver befriends “The Artful Dodger,” the lead boy in a gang of juvenile pickpockets, run by Fagin, an elderly criminal. The plot follows Fagin's story as an older miserly man who champions the Robin Hood philosophy of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.


Directed and staged by Stephen Flynn who is also a Middle School English teacher, this engaging drama appeals to all ages and includes memorable songs from the musical, such as “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”


More than 100 students make up the cast and crew. Starring in Oliver is Aditya Prasad, grade 8, (Nashua, NH) as Fagin and Elias Theofilopoulos, grade 7, (Chelmsford) playing the role of Oliver, both of whom are participating in their first musical. Other notable roles include Shreeya Menon, grade 6, (Nashua, NH) as “The Artful Dodger,” Rebecca Sousa, grade 8, (Chelmsford) as Nancy, and Molly Shanahan, grade 7, (Dunstable) as Bet.    


When asked how he feels about his role and first performance, Aditya says, “I enjoy being the antagonist in the play. [Oliver] has been a great experience.”

The performance dates for Oliver are Friday through Sunday, May 17 - 19. Show times are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday as well as a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. General admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12, they are available for purchase at . All tickets sold at the door are $10.