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Opening Title Scene

17 Jan

Greetings!

As promised, I am posting the opening SHORT FILM that was shown at the beginning of each night’s performance of OLIVER TWISTING. As you may recall, this Live Play included all LIVE MUSIC as well as 5 SHORT FILMS shown on two very large widescreens on either side of the front wall above the stage.

We got many comments on how people enjoyed these films as well as the play itself of course. We are quickly producing a DVD copy of one of the nights that was professionally videotaped, and included on that DVD will be the 5 films. Keep in touch as we will selling these dvds very soon!

See YOUTUBE FILM HERE!

Until Next Time!

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Oliver Twisting Trailer

6 Dec

Here is a TRAILER for the upcoming play OLIVER TWISTING at Rochester Assembly.

We did a brief interview with some actors while we were shooting green screen shots.

Hope you like it!

YOUTUBE Trailer

Jeff

Joe Antinozzi as Bill Sikes

Film Shots

7 Nov

As you know, we are making 5 short film segments that are intermixed into the live play OLIVER TWISTING

Here is a link to a FILM CLIP that gives you an idea of what we are doing!

Still from Film Clip

Behind the Scenes

15 Oct

Well what a week it has been!

Practices are going GREAT! The cast are more prepared than any play I can ever remember this early into things. And with a cast this large (60 plus) it is really amazing that all parts are filled and we have backups waiting for a chance if someone pulls out (which of course we hope will not happen).

I and we continue to appreciate and covet your prayers during this season. We do feel the heavenly battle. This message is so very timely. OLIVER TWIST might be a classic story, but the topic of human trafficing and neglected children could never be more contemporary and appropriate.

I told you that we would be posting behind the scenes pictures and even videos. We are going to begin a “making of” video that will post on youtube so be ready for that.

This is a miniature model of the horse drawn carriage that opens the first film (there are 5 60 second film segments interwoven into the live play).

Auditions

23 Aug

We had our first Auditions session for Oliver Twisting last Tuesday night.

Wow!

Usually we have 10 or so per audition when we start a new play season. Last Tuesday, we had 21 show, plus several parents of teens. We had over 10 teenagers and 5 or more elementary age kids show up!

Not only was it great to see that many show up, but many who came were very skilled and a few were absolutely brilliant! I cannot wait to see them on stage for this play!

We really encouraged these auditioneers to be as animated and serious as possible. They focused and really gave their best. On the other hand, there was so much energy and excitement, I could hardly keep people in their seats. This is a good sign. 🙂

I also encouraged these new actors to read the original OLIVER TWIST novel by Charles Dickens. If you get some time, maybe you could check it out as well. You can even read it online for free since it is long since been in public domain. And of course you can buy a ebook or paperback copy.

Oliver lived in a very difficult world. He was poor, and he was an orphan. At that time (England in the 1840’s) he would have been the lowest of the low. People really treated young, poor orphans with disgust. Sorry to say, the religious establishment sometimes treated them even worse than society as a whole.

The journey Oliver takes is not a light one. There are troubling situations and yet, there is a divine touch to this story – somehow, even Oliver has a destiny. But in order to find it, he must survive many hardships, tests, and harrowing situations.

I pray and hope that this play will inspire and encourage, and convict.

Pray for us as we move into alot of rehearsing and practicing!

Until next time…

P Jeff

 

Oliver’s world

12 Aug

So here we go!

Rochester Assembly is officially adapting the classic Dicken’s tale for our Christmas Production!

We will be regularly updating everyone on the journey and behind-the-scenes scoop of seeing OLIVER TWISTING come alive.

The original OLIVER TWIST novel was written in the 1840 ‘s by Charles Dickens as a public narration. Dickens would take the stage and read out loud the next chapter as he was writing it.

Since the original work went into public domain almost 100 years ago, many  have made adaptations. The most famous adaptation is the 1968 best picture Oscar winner “Oliver!”

After much prayer and thought, we have decided to write an original adaptation called OLIVER TWISTING. Kati Dean, our worship minister, will be colaborating with us to create some original songs and score as well! Yes it is very ambitious! Pray we survive this huge task! Actually we have already begun creating scenes and music. It’s going to be amazing!

There will also be two widescreens with 5 or more film scenes that are 60 seconds long… They will serve to help move the story along, as well as give us added time to reset the stage, as well as entertain the audience with very suspensful film shots up on the big screen!  Live music, acting, musical performances and multi-media segments! It’s gonna be crazy cool!

Regarding the original by Dickens, he (like many Christian leaders) was outraged by the inhumane conditions that many youth and children were forced to endure during the new Industrial Revolution that was sweeping the globe at that time. The revolution brought huge factories and dirt, smog, sewage and filth that was created as a byproduct. Child working laws had not yet been passed, and the seperation of rich and poIstor was wider than ever. The high class looked down on the lower classes with insolence and disgust.

It is in these conditions that Oliver Twist found himself enduring as a poor orphan without a home. Many of the main characters in OLIVER TWIST are part of this world that Oliver found himself in. He befriends theives, pickpockets, call girls, burglars and cons. But he still has a conscience and refuses to do wrong to others. He is punished for his moral objections over and over again.

I think it is so appropriate that we are focusing on the abused and neglected child this Christmas. It seems like I can’t go five minutes without someone referencing the need to help abused kids, sex traffic victims, and poor people. I think this is something that God is putting on many hearts – more than I ever realized.

For those who desire a Christmas theme with Christmas music, even they will be happy to know that the story does indeed include Christmas music!

so stay tuned for continued updates to the progress of our most ambitious production EVER!

Until next time,

Jeff

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