Phinney Ridge resident Eric McIntosh is playing the role of the Artful Dodger in Twelfth Night Productions’ “Oliver!” at West Seattle High school. A portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to Treehouse, which provides services for foster kids.
Eric McIntosh, far left. Photo courtesy Twelfth Night Productions.
It is often said that life imitates art. In the world of Charles Dickens, we see the timeless story of despair and hope and a deep desire for belonging. Oliver Twist’s world is one of poverty and despair, much like many neighborhoods in our city. Times have changed since the days of the workhouse, but our understanding of the life of those living in poverty still remains a challenge. We no longer force those who are poor and homeless into the poor conditions of a workhouse, but the images of those struggling to survive day to day rings true today. Oliver Twist’s message is as important today as it was when Dickens first wrote it. The story is an important reminder that life cannot exist without hope, and that we all need to find the light for ourselves and others.
In addition to donating proceeds from Oliver!, TNP will also help facilitate a back-to-school drive for Treehouse, collecting school supplies, backpacks and new or gently used clothing items for kids in foster care. Please bring these items with you to the high school on the day of performances. There will be a collection area for them at that time.
“Oliver!” plays at West Seattle High School at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 5-6, 12-13, and 19-20, and at 3 p.m. on Aug. 7, 14, and 21. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students & seniors, and are available online at Brown Paper Tickets and at West Seattle High School, 3000 California Ave SW, on performance days.