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Weeks of rehearsal and a talented, enthusiastic cast will transform the Coleman Theatre stage to a scene right out of a Charles Dickens novel as Miami Little Theatre proudly presents the endearing musical and stage hit, Oliver! The Tony-winning score includes “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”

For those who are unfamiliar with the production, it involves young orphan Oliver Twist and his new friend, the Artful Dodger, a boy his same age who happens to be an expert pickpocket. The innocent Oliver learns to survive the streets when he joins the gang of juveniles who are led by the criminal Fagin. What follows are a series of perilous situations and a look inside the dark underbelly of London. The story will touch your heart and have you leaving the theatre humming the familiar tune.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday with a 2:30 Sunday matinee.

Shoji Tabuchi is coming to the Coleman Theatre for an evening called “The Wonder of Christmas. The show is set for December 14 at 7 p.m. I am looking forward to this one! He has had a successful run in Branson for many, many years and is still a huge attraction there.

I was reminded of the George Jones' song, “Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes” when word came that Dr. Ron Gilbert passed away this week. I have always had a place in my heart for this kind man who gave so willingly of his time to promote and advance the city he loved. He was instrumental in the formation of the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, a longtime Rotarian and member of First United Methodist Church, a prominent area dentist, and so much more. If there was a committee to serve on, there was a good chance he was on the team. To me he was simply a decent person whose presence made a huge impression. I will sure miss him.

I have my first hurricane under my belt. I was in Houston as Harvey unleashed 50 inches of rain on the city. Thankfully, there was no flooding in the proximity of the hotel, next to the massive NRG Stadium where the Texans play. It was somewhat eery afterward, when all of the businesses closed a few days after the storm including the surrounding restaurants, nearby grocery store and Target. The hotel was almost abandoned but quickly filled later with displaced local residents.

A guy spots a sign outside a house that reads “Talking Dog for Sale.” Intrigued, he walks in. “So what have you done with your life?” he asks the dog. “I've led a very full life,” says the dog. “I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a retirement home.” The guy is flabbergasted. He asks the dog’s owner, “Why on earth would you want to get rid of an incredible dog like that?” The owner says, “Because he’s a liar! He never did any of that!”

Q: What do you call a deaf dog?

A: It doesn't matter; it can't hear you.

A boy asks his father, "Dad, are bugs good to eat?" "That's disgusting. Don't talk about things like that over dinner," the dad replies. After dinner the father asks, "Now, son, what did you want to ask me?" "Oh, nothing," the boy says. "There was a bug in your soup, but now it’s gone."

Spell check fail of the week: Hibachi for Tabuchi

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