Additional Faculty and Counselors Announced for Production of 'Oliver!' at the Edgerton Center

News Story: January 17, 2013
The Summer Musical Theatre Workshops at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Sacred Heart University announces additional professional faculty and counselors in preparation of its tremendous upcoming production of Oliver!, the musical by Lionel Bart, based on Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist,” following the two summer workshop sessions.
All children’s roles in Oliver! will be cast ONLY from the participants in the Summer Theatre Musical Workshops, which are designed to encourage the development of musical theatre performance skills (solo & ensemble acting, singing, movement)in young performers ages 8-14, culminating in a free live performance at the end of each session. The workshops offer an incredible opportunity for youngsters to hone their skills among peers with the same passion for the performing arts.
The new faculty and counselors working directly with the workshop youngsters include Ivan Rutherford, Alex Rutherford, Simone DePaolo, John Brown and Leo P. Carusone.
Ivan Rutherford whose credentials are impeccable, will be teaching “Acting and Interpretation.” In addition to his illustrious theatre career on Broadway and across the country, including the lead role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Miserables, he has been a vocal coach for many youngsters in Fairfield County.
Alex Rutherford (Ivan’s son) will be joining the Workshops as a Camp Counselor.
Alex started his Broadway career at age 8 as “Chip” in the National Tour of Beauty and the Beast. After six months of touring he joined the Broadway company performing the same role for a year along side “Even Stevens” Christy Carlson Ramano. After out-growing that role he toured with Les Miserables as “Gavroche” along side his dad, Ivan. Then Alex was cast as “Young Tarzan” in the original Broadway cast of Disney’s Tarzan. Now almost 16, Alex is excited to be part of the summer theatre program as a counselor and anxious to help other young performers who are pursuing their dream.
The workshops choreographer will be Simone DePaolo, a great and talented artist, who has toured nationally in Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar and Pippin. Simone is currently Artistic Director at D`Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre in Fairfield.
John Bown is returning as the Music Director for the camp, and Leo P. Carusone will be Music Director for Oliver! John has played in the pit orchestras on Broadway as well as major regional and touring companies throughout the country. Leo has also conducted on Broadway, played and arranged much of the Nunsense music in all of the productions worldwide and has been the MD in hundreds of shows from New York to Los Angeles.
Oliver! will be directed Jerry Goehring, Executive Director of the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts. The Summer Musical Theatre Workshops are:
  • Session I runs July 6-18 from 9am-3pm weekdays.
  • Session II runs July 20-31 from 9am-3pm weekdays.
Following the two sessions of the Workshop, the mainstage production Oliver! will be at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8 at 7pm and Sunday, August 9 at 3pm.
The Oliver! cast will also feature professional lead actors in the roles of Bill Sykes and Fagin plus adults from throughout Fairfield County and students from Sacred Heart University. Connecticut Family Theatre and the Edgerton Center at Sacred Heart University will co-produce this classic musical.
There is still time for youngsters to enroll for each session which is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
General registration is $500 per youngster per session; $900 for both sessions and $450 for sibling registration. To download workshop applications as well as forms for release & indemnity and health examination go and click on Summer Musical Theatre Workshops.
Each Workshop session will feature artists from the Broadway/Off-Broadway communities including animal trainer Bill Berloni (Annie, Legally Blonde), director/choreographer Randy Skinner (Tony Award-nominee for Broadway’s White Christmas) and casting director Stephanie Klapper plus an additional surprise guest to be announced.
The musical Oliver! isa timeless favorite chock-full of such memorable hits as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Where Is Love,” “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” and “As Long As He Needs Me,” among others. Since its first production in 1960, Oliver! has been staged numerous times around the world, and is currently playing at the Royal Drury Lane Theatre in London.
For more information regarding auditions, the show and the summer camp, please visit or contact Summer Musical Theatre Workshops Press Representative Richard P. Pheneger at 203-375-7072.
The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Sacred Heart University, is located at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, Connecticut just minutes from exit 47 of the Merritt Parkway.

Reserved tickets for Oliver! are:
  • $20 for adults
  • $15 for senior citizens & students
  • $12 for children under 12
Tickets may be purchased:
By Phone: Edgerton Center Box Office at 203.371.7908.
In Person: at box office located in the lobby of the Edgerton Center
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Box Office Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 12noon-4pm. The Box Office will be open 2 hours prior to each performance.

The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts is totally wheelchair accessible. Please let the box office know of any special needs when ordering tickets.