There is nothing quite like a well-crafted musical to bring together a community. Opening Friday, July 15, “Oliver!” brings a talented cast of 33 and a live orchestra to The Ellen Theatre stage. Presented by Montana TheatreWorks—producers of last year’s sold-out hits “Fiddler on the Roof” and “White Christmas”—this beloved classic is based on “Oliver Twist.”

The magical world of Charles Dickens leaps from the page to the stage – and into your heart. You’re sure to be tapping your toes and humming along to Lionel Bart’s award-winning score with such favorites as “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Pick a Pocket or Two” and “As Long as He Needs Me.”

As this is an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel, there are some darker themes and parental guidance is suggested. “Oliver!” is recommended for ages eight and up. Make plans now to visit 1830s London and consider yourself part of The Ellen family with “Oliver!”

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. on July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. There are three matinee performances beginning at 3 p.m. on July 17, 24 and 31. Beer, wine and other refreshments will be for sale in The Ellen lobby starting one hour before each performance.

Visit for tickets or more information. For questions, or to order tickets over the phone, please call the box office at (406) 585-5885.