Lessons in Theater: Oliver!

Music has always been a mainstay in our household as our three older kids were growing up. They have been exposed to different genres of music that their tastes are as varied as favoring music from the 1970s to musicals like “Sound Of Music” to  recent ones by Toby Mac or Maroon 5. As part of RD’s exposure to music, I’ve started to introduce him to classical composers as well as popular musicals, one of which is the film adaptation to Charles Dickens’ tale “Oliver Twist.” I chose Oliver because it’s been one of the kids’ favorites with “Food, Glorious Food!” being their favorite song. (Parents, please see warning at the end of this blog.)

RD was skeptical about liking it at first but fell in love with a lot of the songs, particularly, “Food, Glorious Food”, “Boy For Sale”, “Pick A Pocket Or Two”, “Be Back Soon”, and “Who Will Buy.” Pretty soon, we felt like plugging our ears as he would be playing the DVD every chance he got. Whenever he wasn’t watching it, he’d be singing parts of the songs at the top of his lungs! Great thing about this is that RD can carry a tune very well, so it’s not such a bad thing to listen to except when he sings it again and again like a broken record! 🙂  Here are some snapshots I took while he was watching.

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Our next “stops” are going to be Annie, Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.

Warning to Parents: The movie features wonderful songs and stellar performances, but also depicts desperate circumstances such as crime, poverty, abusive relationships and violence. Parents should be around to explain sensitive issues, monitor how the child reacts to these scenes, and must be prepared to answer any questions the child may have about the movie. I would recommend the lowest recommended age for children to be able to watch this movie should be around 6 to 9 years old.

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