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By Dez Brock
For The Chronicle 

Creswell's Jones as 'Oliver!' takes audience back to Victorian England


December 12, 2019

Photo provided/Emily Bly

Audriahna Jones, as Oliver, Matthew Michaels as Artful Dodger; and Zoe Goings, Quinn Branstetter, Jayshing Goolsby, Elizabeth Blakely, Jayling Goolsby, Mariah Bailey as the Fagins boys perform at The Cottage Theatre.

COTTAGE GROVE – Cottage Theatre packed the house during the opening weekend of "Oliver!," the classic and emotional musical of of a young orphan, played by 11-year-old Audriahna Jones, of Creswell.

The musical, directed by Janet Rust, is based on the Charles Dickens novel, "Oliver Twist." The film adaptation, which premiered in 1968, won six academy awards, including Best Picture.

Upon arrival, the audience is immersed in the show by the site of the set. The scene is set with multiple moving parts – stairs that change direction and plenty of entrances that can be altered at a moment's...

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