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Book, Music, & Lyrics by
Lionel Bart


One of the things people do not realize about Oliver is that it is a dark and dangerous show. Many people think of it as a kids show, when in fact, the content is certainly not what I would call kid friendly. Therefore, I felt an obligation in my heart to address this side of our show, first with my cast, especially the children, and now with you, dear audience members. Even while the musical adaptation never quite reaches the gloomiest depths of the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist on which it is based, there is still an undercurrent of the original material that sees our young hero abused, sold into slavery, and exploited by a band of thieves. Others suffer abuse both physical and emotional, and there is even murder. Bouncy, catchy tunes reveal lyrics of violence and the things nightmares are made of.

I felt it was important for us to lean into and explore these dark edges. It is and should be shocking and appalling. I had many discussions throughout the rehearsal process with the cast, and further prepared
them for the intensity as we plunged into Act Two rehearsals. These are complex issues and need to be addressed. To sweep them under the rug or lessen their impact would be to do a disservice to everyone
involved. For example, Nancy chooses to stay with a violent man, Bill Sikes, who abuses her and anyone who gets in his way. Why? We cannot expect children to understand these nuances without talking them through it. I believe the love between Nancy and Bill is genuine, but their codependency and the complexity of their relationship is difficult to understand. Ultimately, Nancy risks everything to save the life of Oliver. Her bravery is unparallelled.

This show was truly challenging. In the end, we did not shy away from the powerful portrayal of violence in the context of this gritty story. It is why the strength and perseverance of its characters ultimately uplifts you. Through his encounters and many tribulations while searching for love, Oliver’s inherent kindness and goodness remain intact. In spite of it all.



Oliver Twist


The Artful Dodger

Bill Sikes



Mr. Bumble

Widow Corney

Mr. Brownlow

Mr. Sowerberry

Mrs. Sowerberry


Noah Claypole

Dr. Grimwig

Mrs. Bedwin


Old Sally

Charlie Bates


Rose Seller


Strawberry Seller

Knife Grinder

Fagin's Gang


Workhouse Orphans


Oliver Twist: HAZEL VOGEL
the Artful Dodger: LINCOLN OLSEN


Act 1

Food, Glorious Food............Oliver & Workhouse Boys

Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney, Workhouse Boys, & Governors

I Shall Scream!.....Widow Corney & Mr. Bumble

Boy for Sale......
Mr. Bumble

That's Your Funeral.....Mr. & Mrs. Sowerberry, Mr. Bumble

Where is Love?......Oliver

Consider Yourself....Dodger, Oliver, & co.

You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.....
Fagin & Boys

It's a Fine Life....Nancy, Bet, & Boys

I'd Do Anything....Nancy, Dodger< Oliver, Bet, Fagin, & Boys

Be Back Soon.....Fagin & Boys

Act 2

Oom Pah Pah....Nancy & co.

My Name......Bill Sikes

As Long as He Needs Me....

Where Is Love? (reprise).....Mrs. Bedwin
Who Will Buy?.....
Oliver & Co.

It's a Fine Life (reprise)......Na

Reviewing the Situation....

Oliver! (reprise)....Mr. Bumble & Widow Corney

As Long as He Needs Me.(reprise)....Nancy

Reviewing the Situation (reprise)....Fagin



Production Team


Music Director

Dance Captain

Costume Design

Fagin's Coat by

Fagin's Wig by

Stage Manager

Set Design


Light Design

Light Board Programmer

Light Board

Sound Design

Set Crew

Backstage Crew

Special Thanks

Mayor Bill Martin & the City of Havre de Grace
Harford Cultural Arts Board
Maryland State Arts Council
Hayley Briner
Beards Hill Liquors
Phoenix Festival Theatre
Scottfield Theatre Company
Matthew Peterson - MACHPE Photography
Steve Flickinger


Anne Acerno (Widow Corney / Strawberry Seller) is thrilled to return to the Tidewater stage with this talented cast! Previous roles include Griddlebone/Sillabub in Cats, Judy Bernley in 9 to 5, Mother Superior in Sister Act, Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and Mama Ogre in Shrek, but her most cherished role is mom to her four daughters. Anne studied theatre at Fordham University and Vocal Performance at Westminster Choir College. She would like to thank Bambi for letting her be a part of this production, Lithia, Chris, Leslie and Stanley for all their hard work, and her husband Steve for his endless support.

Jadelyn Ash (Workhouse Orphan / Ensemble) is excited to be returning to the Tidewater Players as a performer in Oliver!. She has performed in multiple productions here including Elf, Spongebob, and Finding Nemo. Jadelyn is currently a 7th grader at Havre de Grace Middle School who enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her friends and family. She would like to thank her Mom and Jason for always supporting her at every show.

Siena Bauer (Fagin’s Gang / Ensemble) is so excited to be back with Tidewater! A few of her favorite roles are Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Ensemble in Young Frankenstein, Jane Banks in Mary Poppins, Marta in The Sound of Music, Young Cosette in Les Miserables. Molly in Annie, Susan Waverly in White Christmas, Louisa in The Sound of Music, and Kate Murphey in Titanic. She would like to thank her family and friends who have always supported her. A special thanks to the directors and cast members. Thank you so much to my “brothers” Max and Ethan for being so amazing and sharing this experience with me. Break legs cast and crew!

Mark Briner (Mr. Brownlow) is thrilled to be back home on the Tidewater stage where he was last seen as Don Kirschner in their acclaimed production of Beautiful, as well as many other roles over the years as varied as Gus the Theatre Cat in CATS, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Lumière in Beauty & the Beast, the Union Captain in The Civil War, Rooster Hannigan in Annie, Glen Guglia in The Wedding Singer, Sir Robin in Spamalot, and Richard Henry Lee in 1776. Other favorite roles include Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Josh Baskin in Big, Capt. Walker in Tommy, and Jojo the sleazy street hustler in The Life. Also an accomplished director and designer, Mark has directed many shows throughout the state including Tidewater's critically acclaimed productions of Chess, Little Shop of Horrors, Elf and the world premiere of the original hit comedy whodunit Without a Clue, for which he also added the title of playwright to his resume. Mark has also designed costumes for a multitude of Tidewater shows over the millennium. But his favorite productions to date are his children, Justin, a nationally recognized voice actor in the anime world (most famous as Izuku Midoriya in My Hero Academia) and Hayley, an accomplished vocalist/musical theatre performer, both Tidewater alumni and immensely talented artists in their own rights.

Gary Dieter (Fagin) is excited to be back on TIdewater's stage to channel this iconic role. Tidewater audiences may remember Gary's portrayal of The Old Man in the holiday musical A Christmas Story in 2018 and 2022. You may also remember his performance as the loveable Leaf Coneybear in both of their productions of Spelling Bee. Other favorite roles include Bert in Mary Poppins, Billy in Anything Goes, Leo in The Producers, Huck in Big River, Rooster in Annie, Donkey in Shrek, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, George in George M!, Bobby in Crazy for You, Patsy in SPAMALOT and one of his favorites, Scuttle in The Little Mermaid. Gary has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Towson University for his contributions to Dance Education in the community and has received a Helen Hayes Nomination for his portrayal of Sparky in Toby's production of Forever Plaid. Gary has served on the faculty at Peabody, Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and his own studio, GD Studio for the Performing Arts. "Baltimore's Tap Dance Kid" is currently teaching advanced tap classes at Upper Falls Dance Academy as well as giving Master Classes in the Baltimore area and choreographing for Harford Dance Theatre. When he's not tapping here on the ground, Gary is light as air on a Southwest 737! The last time he performed in a production of OLIVER! was in 1984 when he was cast as the Artful Dodger in an acclaimed production at the Towsontowne Dinner Theatre. He dedicates this performance to the very talented man who played Fagin - Lou Ferrari. Life comes full circle.

Lizzy Fink (Workhouse Orphan / Fagin’s Gang / Ensemble) is very excited to be this production of Oliver! The last show she was in was a teen production of Godspell as an ensemble member. Currently, she takes voice lessons with Mrs. Suzanne Chadwick as well as acting lessons with KP. She would like to thank her family for supporting her through this and all productions she's been in as well as driving her there. She would also like to thank her teachers for helping to prepare her for the audition, the show, and build her skills in general.

Ethan Folmer (Fagin’s Gang, Ensemble) is a Senior and Bel Air High School and is very excited to be a part of this production of Oliver. He has previously be seen on stage as Benny Southstreet in Guys and Dolls and Ted in Peter and the Starcatcher at BAHS. He has also portrayed Jim Farrell in Titanic, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Willard in Footloose, and Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein. When he's not on stage Ethan has enjoyed being a Varsity swimmer and volleyball player. Ethan is an Eagle Scout with Troop 564. He wants to thank his family and friends for supporting him in all his endeavors. He would also like to thank his brother Max especially for being a part of this production with him.

Maxton Folmer (the Artful Dodger) is a Freshman at Bel Air High School and is very excited to be a part of this production of Oliver with his older brother Ethan and my “sister” Siena. He has previously be seen on stage as Bruce in Matilda, Horton the Elephant in Seussical, Aladdin in Aladdin, Jr, Simba in Lion King, Jr., Michael in Mary Poppins, and Fleet in Titanic. When he's not on stage Max has enjoyed being a Varsity swimmer and Cross Country runner at BAHS. He is a Boy Scout with Troop 564. Thank you for being awesome, you know who you are!

Ryan Geiger (Bill Sikes) is thrilled to return to TWP for Oliver. He was previously in Escape to Margaritaville with TWP as J.D. He has been performing for over 30 years, and some of his favorite roles include Jean Valjean in Les Misérables John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Hades in Hadestown. He has never played any of those roles, but they are among his favorites. Though, he has played Max Bialystock in The Producers, Pseudolus in Forum, and Frank Cioffi in Curtains. During the day, he is an architect with BCT Design Group in Baltimore. He would like to thank Bambi for the opportunity to play the villain. He would also like to thank his scene partner for life, Lisa, for convincing him to take on the role, and for all her love and support. He hopes you enjoy the show. Just don't boo him. He's actually a nice guy.

Preston Haire (Workhouse Orphan, Ensemble) is very excited to make his 2nd acting debut in Oliver as a Workhouse Orphan. He loves being a 5th grader at Grace Classical Academy. When he's not in school Preston enjoys collecting football cards, playing lacrosse and riding his 4-wheeler with friends and family. You'll find him on the lacrosse field this spring as well. He wants to thank Bambi for another opportunity of performing with a wonderful cast. Additionally he would like to thank his Mom and Dad, brothers Vance and James, his brother's girlfriend Grace and his dog Izzy for all their love and support.

Riley Harrison (Fagin’s Gang, Workhouse Orphan, Ensemble) is so happy to be returning on the historical stage at the Opera House! Riley's last performance on this stage, she was one of Santa's Elves in the 2023 Tidewater Players production of Elf. Riley was recently Star to Be and a Servant in Fallston Middle School's production of Annie. Riley has enjoyed her time with her Oliver cast mates and production team! She is so grateful to be a part of an amazing show! Her favorite song in Oliver is "Who Will Buy?" and her favorite dance number is "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two." Oliver will make Riley's 8th production in her theater career.

Emily Jewett (Nancy) is thrilled to be working with Tidewater Players as a part of this fantastic production of Oliver! Most recently, Emily has been seen on the Opera House stage as Jonas Fogg/Quintet in Sweeney Todd. Other recent roles include Herman/Ensemble in Cabaret, Fandango Dancer in Sweet Charity, and Betty Blast in Footloose. Emily has also been seen behind the scenes as Stage Manager and Fight Choreographer for shows including recently Beauty and the Beast (Stage Manager and Fight Choreography) and Grease (Stage Manager). Many thanks to Bambi for taking a chance on me. It means more to me than you’ll ever know.

Kaielle “Ellie” Lyons (Ensemble) is very excited to be in Oliver. You may have recently seen her in Matilda, Big, and Finding Nemo. Her favorite musicals are Six and Hamilton. She is a 5th grader at Magnolia Elementary, and she is very thankful for her parents and those around her encouraging her to pursue her passion in theatre. She has hopes of taking her talents as far as she can; with attending a performing arts college, and hopefully one day on broadway.

Benjamin Marsh (Noah Claypole, Ensemble, Set Design) Ben's recent credits include, Goon #2 in Tidewater Players' Escape to Margaritaville, and King Cyrus in Harford Dance Theater’s The Little Mermaid. He was also the Audrey II puppeteer in Tidewater's Little Shop of Horrors. Ben is also affiliated with Jonesville Michigan’s Sauk Theater. He is currently building houses in Harford County for Habitat for Humanity. He would like to thank everyone at Habitat for their continuous support, and his parents all the way back in Michigan.

Alex Moskos (Fagin’s Gang / Workhouse Orphan / Ensemble) is excited to be a part of this production of Oliver! He has participated in multiple camps and productions with The Tidewater Players and the Star Centre in Havre de Grace, performing in Xanadu, Jr. (Atlas/Greek Chorus), Rapunzel (Prince Charming), Nemo Jr. (Vacationer), Spongebob, Jr. (Old Mr. Jenkins) and Elf, Jr. (Bad Santa / Chadwick). He was also Morris in Newsies, Jr. Alex is 12 years old and a six-grader at Havre de Grace Elementary. When he's not performing, Alex loves being home with his awesome cats, Storm and Nightlight. Thank you to Tidewater Players for this amazing opportunity!

Kyle Perry (Workhouse Orphan, Ensemble) is excited to be back on stage performing and even more excited to be doing a show for the first time with his Dad! (Mr.Bumble) His mom is in the show too (Bet) but he was seen onstage with her in a couple of other shows including SpongeBob, Tarzan, and Beauty and the Beast as Chip!. He is a 5th grader, plays saxophone and enjoys playing on his tablet and with his pug Walter.

Leslie Perry (Bet / Dance Captain) Leslie's community theater career has come full circle! Oliver was the first musical Leslie performed in as a workhouse orphan and Fagin's gang at age 8 and now, 36 years later she gets to do it again, this time as Bet! Leslie has performed in many shows in the area most recently Something Rotten. She also does choreography for shows, most recent work was SpongeBob, Beauty and the Beast, 9 to 5, and Grease. Big highlight for this show is working with her husband (Mr.Bumble) and son Kyle. Enjoy the show!

Matt Perry (Mr. Bumble / Knife Grinder) is excited to finally play a villain as Mr. Bumble in Oliver! This is his first production with Tidewater Players. He was most recently seen as Old Man Jenkins in Spongebob the Musical. His other notable credits include The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Producers, and Joseph. Matt has also played bass in the pit for various local productions, including Oliver! many years ago. Away from the spotlight, he plays the role of audiologist and is the founder of Harmony Hearing & Audiology in Festival of Bel Air. Matt is happy to share the stage this time with his wife Leslie (Bet) and son Kyle (Workhouse Orphan).

Anna Odell (Charlotte / Milk Maid / Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the Tidewater stage in Oliver! She has recently been involved in The Prom, Cabaret, and Escape to Margaritaville. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Lincoln Olsen (Charlie Bates / Artful Dodger u/s) is so excited to be in Oliver!. You might have seen him in other previous shows like Into The Woods (Jack), High School Musical (Jack Scott), SpongeBob the Musical, and Shrek Jr (Pinocchio). Lincoln is 14 and in Havre De Grace Middle School and enjoys hanging out with with his friends, riding his bike, and playing with his cat Hobbes. He greatly appreciates his show mates and his family for supporting him.

Mindy Olsen (Old Sally / Ensemble) is excited to be back onstage in Oliver! You might've seen her at Tidewater Cathy in 9 to 5 , and the ensemble of SpongeBob the Musical. and in ensemble of She Loves Me. This time, she's ready to tackle the streets of London. When she's not on stage she LOVES hanging out with her husband and 3 sons, one of which is in this show! Mindy wants to thank the production team for bringing this show to life. It's been a fun experience!

Lisa Rigsby-Geiger: (Rose Seller / Matron / Ensemble) is very excited to be performing with Tidewater again after last being seen in Escape to Margaritaville, the area premiere of Beautiful, The Prom, and 9-5. She was also cast in the regional premiere of A Bronx Tale. Lisa has performed all over the Baltimore area where her favorite roles include, Lucinda in Into the Woods, Bebe in A Chorus Line, Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, and Caroline Neville in Titanic just to name a few. Lisa was also very honored to be cast in the National community theater premiere of Tuck Everlasting . Thank you so much to Bambi, Chris, and Lithia for this wonderful opportunity and to share the stage with her husband Ryan.

Colton Roberts (Oliver Twist) is so excited to be in his 1st production with Tidewater Players; however he is not a stranger to the community theatre stage. This marks his 22nd time performing in a musical, which he’s been doing since he was 5 years old. Some favorite previous roles include Tiny Tim in Scrooge, Les in Newsies, Annas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Smee in Neverland, and Nemo in Finding Nemo Jr. Besides performing and seeing shows, Colton is passionate about lots of other things including playing drums, NASCAR racing, go-karting, film making and puppeteering. Thanks to Ms. Bambi for believing in me and giving me this opportunity. I’ve had so much fun working with all of the cast and crew on Oliver! Enjoy the show!

Jeremiah Robertson (Fagin’s Gang / Ensemble) Being in Oliver! is hard work- especially the dancing - but the cast is great, I’m learning a lot and having FUN! Jeremiah enjoys movies, Chorus, ballads, traveling, good food, and MUSICALS! Last year, he made a comical debut as Mr. Wormwood in Matilda, Jr. at Bel Air Middle School. He has taken on other small roles at Baltimore City Artscape, The Charles Center, Arena Players, Inc., and performed songs in Mandarin Chinese at Baltimore International Academy. BUT… it all started at age 1 with singing along with Gospel songs, Frank Sinatra or the Fresh Beat Band and dramatically retelling Bible stories at age 3. He’d like to thank God, his Mom, the Directors, his #1 Prima, and all of his family and friends for their support!

Karisa Nashana Sikora (Mrs. Bedwin) This is Karisa's first time joining a TideWater production and she couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the Oliver cast. She grew up watching Oliver recorded on VHS on repeat as a child and working through the music in preparation for this production is bringing back so many great childhood memories. Prior roles include Mrs. Lynch in Grease, Marie and ensemble in Beauty and the Beast, and Miss. Prism in The Importance of Being Ernest.  Karisa would like to give her thanks and heart to her family who have supported her thoroughly in her new ambition to make being on stage her new creative outlet, and thanks and hugs to LaShelle, who has supported her as she find her voice and confidence. Thank you to Bambi and the production team for this amazing opportunity, it's so much fun. Break Legs friends!

Caylin Steadele (Workhouse Orphan, Ensemble) is an 11-year-old homeschool student from Elkton. She is excited to be working with Tidewater Players for the first time in this production of Oliver. While new here, she isn’t new to performing! Her recent roles include Nemo, in Finding Nemo Jr., Junie B. Jones, in Junie B, The Musical , Alice in Alice in Wonderland, Molly in Annie, and Michael in Peter Pan Jr. And currently she is cast as Pugsley in The Addams Family Youth Edition, and JoJo in Seussical coming to Longwood Gardens this July! She hopes to return to future Tidewater Players productions as everyone has been wonderful to work with!

Amy M. Tucker (Mrs. Sowerberry/Milk Maid) holds a BA in Music from the University at Buffalo) and is thrilled to be performing with Tidewater again in one of her most favorite shows with the ever-amazing Bambi. She previously appeared on the Tidewater stage in Avenue Q! (Kate Monster), Cats (Jennyanydots), Les Misérables, and The Civil War. Other local productions include Seussical (Mrs. Mayor), Young Frankenstein, Puffs (Sally Perks/Blondo Malfoy), Honk! (Penny/Henrietta), Mary Poppins (Katie Nana/Annie), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (“10 Little Indians” Soloist & others), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1), West Side Story (Jets Girl), Sweeney Todd, and Merrily We Roll Along (Dory). Amy also runs the Thirsty Thursday Play Readings with her husband, Rob, through the STAR Centre. Amy grew up performing on stage acting, singing and playing various instruments in upstate New York. Thanks to her family and friends for their constant encouragement and support.

Hazel Vogel (Nipper, Oliver Twist u/s) is thrilled to be in her first production at the Opera House with Tidewater Players, and her third production under the direction of Bambi Johnson. Other favorite roles include Little Cosette on the Les Misérables U.S. National Tour, Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (Toby’s Dinner Theater), Matilda in Matilda, and Young Tarzan in Tarzan. Thank you to Bambi, Lithia, Becky, and the entire team at Tidewater Players. She would also like to thank her teachers, coaches, family, friends, and David Doan at CESD for always supporting her.
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Raymond Von Wahlde (Dr. Grimwig / Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on a stage after 11 years. He last appeared as Josiah Bartlett in of 1776. He is grateful to his family and colleagues for allowing him to invest in this endeavor sometimes to the detriment of his other responsibilities.

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