Tameka Cottle

Consider yourself at home at 'Oliver!'

Consider yourself at home at 'Oliver!'

The musical based on a classic Charles Dickens novel pouring from the Laurel Mill Playhouse this holiday season is not a Christmas story. But the spirits of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit may be watching enthralled from the rafters as the little theater brings an earlier Dickens novel to life in a dazzling community theater performance of “Oliver!”

With music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, the stage musical — adapted from Dickens’ s 1837 “Oliver Twist” — opened in London in 1960 with an outstanding musical score (including popular songs such as “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Consider Yourself” and “Oom-Pah-Pah”) that earned a Tony for Best Original score in 1963, the same year...

30°