Philadelphia’s Quintessence Theatre Group Offering Free Tickets to OLIVER for Middle School Students

Quintessence Theatre Group, a professional theatre company located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, is spreading holiday cheer with their current production of OLIVER.  They are offering local students the opportunity to see the musical for free during special matinee performances, thanks to special support from two organizations.


Quintessence has partnered with the Connelly Foundation and the East Mount Airy Neighbors Association Fund (EMAN) to bring local middle school students to see OLIVER free of charge. There are five matinees which have been underwritten for the complimentary tickets.

Adapted from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, OLIVER is about finding hope and a chosen family in the bleakest of situations.  After a hard day’s labor in a parish workhouse for children, a nine-year-old orphan named Oliver asks for a second serving of gruel. The workhouse master, annoyed by Oliver’s impertinence, sells him into an apprenticeship with a drunken undertaker and his abusive wife. Fearing for his life, the boy escapes to London, where he falls in with the Artful Dodger and a band of juvenile pickpockets led by the criminal Fagin. The musical features the memorable songs “Food Glorious Food,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” and “Consider Yourself At Home.”

OLIVER runs now through December 23.  Details are below.

All performances are at the Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave., Mt.  Airy, Philadelphia, 19119. To purchase tickets, visit or call 215.987.4450.

General Admission tickets are $40–45. Student tickets (21 and under) are $25. Tickets for active military are $25. Seniors receive $5 off the ticket price.

GROUP SALES & STUDENT MATINEES: Group rates and special weekday student matinees are available. For information on group sales, please call 215.987.4450, Ext. 1, or email

RUSH TICKETS: $10 rush tickets for industry professionals and students with ID are available at the box office one hour before performances, pending availability.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: In season IX, Quintessence will offer ten PWYC tickets to every performance. Daily PWYC tickets become available at the box office one hour before the performance on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit of one ticket per person.

ABOUT QUINTESSENCE: Founded in 2009, award-winning Quintessence Theatre Group uses the classics to explore the fundamental question of what it is to be human in today’s world. Through intimate, visceral, and innovative productions of epic theatre, Quintessence pursues its vision to become the Delaware Valley’s center for progressive humanism and an engine for radical empathy through the classics. Quintessence’s home is the historic Sedgwick Theater, an Art Deco movie palace designed in 1928 by William Lee and located in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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