Musical “Twist” Opens July 13th at OFA Theater, Ogdensburg, NY

St. John’s Conservatory Theater (SJCT) will open their musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. Simply titled Twist, this new “twist” on the age-old classic features Christopher Rodriguez as the Artful Dodger and Caroline Silver as Olivia Twist. Twist opens the weekend of July 13th at the OFA George Hall Auditorium in Ogdensburg for a two-week run.

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A North Country Cast

The Twist cast also stars Macy Murdock as Nelly Claypole, and Ava Rutherford (Waddington) as Agnes Brownlow, Christopher Dwyer as Mr. Bumble/Bill Sikes, Stephen Chambers as Undertaker Sowerberry, Samantha Holt as Mrs. Sowerberry, R. O’Donnell as Fagin, Krista Kelly (Rensselaer Falls) as Mrs. Brownlow, and Angela Dwyer as Mrs. Bumble/Nancy Sikes.

The street urchins star Madison Hibbard as Mary, Eliana Dwyer as Annie and Rozalyn Dwyer as Lizzy, Madison Miller as Cager, Mia LaBella as Newt, Gabriella Ott as Napper, Delia Payne as Hamstring, Evelyn Davis as Scraps, and Jocelyn Lazaro (Lisbon) as Octavia.

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An experienced Technical & Creative Staff

Twist principal creative staff includes Producing Artistic Director Mr. O’Donnell, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Vocal Arranger and Digital Orchestrator OFA graduate Ryan C. McNally, Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck, Senior Costumer Heron Hetzler (Potsdam), Assistant Costumer Hannah Gardner, Technical Director and Lighting Designer Christopher Dwyer, Assistant Lighting Designer Sara Pabis, Sound Designer Richard Patton, Box Office and House Manager Sheila LaMere, General Manager Bill LaMere, and Props Master Tonya Ott. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

An Original Theater Company

SJCT offers the Ogdensburg community three seasonal (Winter, Summer, and Fall) all-original musicals. Their productions are fully staged, costumed, and orchestrated (the cast sing karaoke-style to a studio-produced score) and include an all-original book, music and lyrics. Nowhere else in the United States is there a professional regional theater company that produces all-original musicals. Nowhere but here, in Ogdensburg, New York, that is.
St. John’s Conservatory Theater is a non-profit company of actors, artisans, and artists. It is their vision to create educational, inspirational, and professional opportunities for local talent of all ages while presenting original musicals based on literature and legend.

Just the Facts

Twist runs July 13-22 at the OFA George Hall Auditorium in Ogdensburg, NY. Show times are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees on Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets cost $15 at the door (suggested donation), or $10 at brownpapertickets.com.

For tickets http://www.twist.brownpapertickets.com.

Christopher Rodriguez as the Artful Dodger and Caroline Silver as Olivia Twist in the new musical Twist.  (Photo by Patricia A. Trudell)

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New Variety Radio Show Entertains

Photos by Trudell Phtographics


St. John’s Conservatory Theater (SJCT), now in their fifth season, opened their latest musical comedy The New Variety Radio Show based on the popular variety radio shows of the 1940s.

Their 2018 season commenced with The New Variety Radio Show, that ran April 5-8, at the OFA George Hall Auditorium, Ogdensburg, NY.

The Golden Age of Radio Revisited

A tribute to the golden age of radio, the musical was hosted by a comedian à la Jimmy Durante named Waldo Fern played by R. O’Donnell, and his sidekick Mr. Wilson played by Brandon Bogart. They’re were joined onstage by the St. Lawrence Darlings (think Mouseketeers), which performed sketches, song, and dance accompanied by The Oswegatchie Orchestra.

The St. Lawrence Darlings were played by Peyton Brown (Massena), Maddison Cameron (Heuvelton), Evelyn Davis (Ogdensburg), Jillian LeBel (Ogdensburg), Macy Murdock (Ogdensburg), Myah Myers (Ogdensburg), Gabriella Ott (Ogdensburg), Cadence Payne (Ogdensburg), Delia Payne (Ogdensburg), Gerard Powers (Ogdensburg), Logan Carr (Ogdensburg), Hailee Jackson (Heuvelton), Christopher Rodriguez (Ogdensburg), and Hailey Weber (Ogdensburg).

The New Variety Radio Show also featured Angela Conzone Dwyer (Ogdensburg) as Peggy Page, Stephen Chambers (Ogdensburg) as Ernie Rooster, Shelly Murdock (Ogdensburg) as Ella Starr, and Ryan C. McNally (Syracuse) as Max Windell and his wandering sax.

Boasting lavish production numbers of all the popular hits of the 20’s, 30’s, and 40s, The New Variety Radio Show was a toe-tapping, gut-busting, and tap-dancing extravaganza reminiscent of the famous radio variety shows of the 1940s.

An Original North Country Theater Company

An original North Country theater company, St. John’s Conservatory Theater offers the Ogdensburg community four seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) all-original musicals. SJCT productions are fully staged, costumed, and orchestrated, and include a book (story and dialogue), music and lyrics. Nowhere else in the North Country is there a professional regional theater company that produces all-original in-house musicals.

St. John’s Conservatory Theater principal creative staff includes Producing Artistic Director Mr. O’Donnell, Musical Director and Choreographer Angela Conzone Dwyer, Digital Orchestrator and Vocal Arranger Ryan C. McNally (Syracuse), Scenic and Prop Designer Stephen Chambers, Costume and Makeup Designer Karen Fischbeck (Heuvelton), Senior Costumer Heron Hetzler (Potsdam), Technical Director and Production Coordinator Christopher Dwyer, Sound Designer Richard Patton, Lighting Designer Barry Pratt (Watertown), Production Stage Manager Ashley Toppin (Gouverneur), and Props Master Tonya Ott. Collectively they have over five decades of professional theatrical and academic experience including regional, stock, bus and truck, off-off-Broadway, off-Broadway, and Broadway stages.

Just the facts

The New Variety Radio Show, April 5-8 at the OFA George Hall Auditorium in Ogdensburg, NY. Show times were Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets cost $15 at the door (suggested donation), or $10 at brownpapertickets.com.

For more information, please visit St. John’s Conservatory Theater’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/stjohnsconservatorytheater