Actress Heidi Kettenring is enjoying being part of the stage family for favorite family-friendly audience productions.
"I did the national tour of 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast,' and was on Broadway in Chicago's 'Wicked,' and also the world premiere of the comic book play 'Hero' at Marriott Theatre," Kettenring reminds.
After working with enchanted furniture, the Witches of "Oz" and superheroes, she's now surrounded by orphans.
This month, she's starring as Nancy, the girlfriend of a con, opposite 11-year-old actor Brady Tutton in the title role of Drury Lane Theatre's new production of "Oliver!" now playing until June 2 at the favorite Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. venue.
With an all-star cast of 35, it also stars John Reeger as Fagin and J.D. Rodriguez as the Artful Dodger. The production is directed and choreographed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell. And for this production, Rockwell directed both her mother, Glory Kissel, who stars as Mrs. Bedwin, as well as her son, Jake Helm, who plays an orphan. Her husband, Garth Helm, provides Sound Design, adding to the family affair.
"Oliver!" is adapted from Charles Dickens' riveting 1838 masterpiece "Oliver Twist." The musical features music, lyrics, and a book by Tony Award-winner Lionel Bart. The original West End production opened in 1960 and the 1963 Broadway production won two Tony Awards.
"Oliver!" has played in 22 different languages in counties throughout the world, and a recent Cameron Mackintosh-produced revival at London's Drury Lane was seen by nearly 1.5 million people.
Set in the dismal slums of 19th Century London, it follows the adventures of Oliver Twist, a resourceful young orphan. Forced from a seedy workhouse into pick-pocketing, Oliver finds himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister characters he has met in the streets. Favorite featured songs include "Food Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two," "I'd Do Anything" and "As Long As He Needs Me."
Tickets are $35 to $50, with lunch and dinner options available, by calling (630) 530-0111 or drurylane.com.