"It takes a collaboration of teachers, parents, and students to create this production," said Daly.
The play will also feature over half a dozen sets that will offer the audience a chance to see the world through Oliver's eyes.
"In designing a set for a musical you have a lot of scene changes. You're thinking about what the music and the story convey. For 'Oliver!,' we did a fairly realistic set," said Jill Baboulis, leader of set design.
Daly said that choosing a play that can suit middle school voices can be difficult. Nonetheless, everyone involved is enthusiastic about the coming performance.
"I've always been a fan of the performing arts. I did it during the sixth grade and had such a great experience that I just came back every year," said eighth-grader Lindsay Lee, who plays Old Sally.
The children said they are also very pleased with the camaraderie the play creates among cast and crew.
"I enjoy most the other kids in the play," said eighth-grader Luke Carpinello, who plays Bill Sikes.
All in all, the play, which began rehearsals in October 2007, will open in early February.
"I really like seeing the whole thing come together in the end," said eighth-grader Elias Miller, who plays the Artful Dodger.
"It's amazing how much will change between now and opening night," adds Conway, reflecting the fluid nature of live theater.
The play opens Tuesday, Feb. 5, and continues on the seventh, eighth, and ninth. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.""