Liberty Middle School students will help usher in a new era for the Camas School District this weekend when they perform “Oliver! JR,” at the recently renovated Joyce Garver Theater.
Built in 1935, the theater was an addition to Camas High School until the 1970s, when the high school was demolished. In the mid-1980s, the theater got a slight upgrade, with a new entry and a few interior revamps. The building served as a performance center for the school district and the greater Camas community until 2009, when it closed due to safety concerns.
In 2016, Camas School District voters approved a $119.7 million bond that included a $2 million revamp of the historic theater.
The Liberty Middle School’s performance of “Oliver! JR,” an adaptation of the award-winning “Oliver!” Broadway musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic, “Oliver Twist,” marks the first time in over 12 years that a theater performance has been held at the Joyce Garver Theater.
The Liberty students have been rehearsing their rendition of “Oliver! JR” since January, and moved to the rehearsals to the Garver Theater in March, after the school district secured its building occupancy permits for the historic theater.