AUDITIONS: OLIVER!

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

Oliver! is a musical theatre masterpiece, perfectly showcasing the talents of a large ensemble cast as they bring these classic characters and score to life.


Director: Ted Manier

Music Director: Roy Bronkema

Choreographer: Tom Myers

Performance Space: Wilson Theatre

 
Expected Rehearsal Schedule: M-F 6:30-10:00. Cast members will only be called as needed. Since there are so many children in the cast, rehearsals for Fagin’s gang and the workhouse children will normally end by 8:30. Also, children in grades K-8 will be limited to 3 nights of rehearsal per week until local schools go on summer vacation. Please keep open June 8th and 15th for extended choreography rehearsals 9:30AM - 1:00PM.

Audition Dates: April 29th or 30th, meet in the Civic lobby (enter in the front door). Children arrive at 6:30 and stay until 8:00. Adults arrive at 8:00 and stay until 9:30. Auditioners will read lines, sing, and dance. They must wear dance appropriate footwear -- no flip flops, sandals, or bare/socked feet.


Callbacks May 2 (time announced via email).

 
Pre-audition: No need to prepare anything. Sides will be provided at the auditions.

 Roles:

*All parts open to interracial casting

 
Oliver Twist: A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal Range: boy soprano

Fagin: An elderly receiver - runs training academy for young pickpockets.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 or older
Vocal Range: baritone

The Artful Dodger: Fagin's brightest pupil.
Gender: Male
Age: 12-15
Vocal Range: boy soprano

Bill Sikes: A villain in his prime.
Gender: Male
Age: 30s or 40s
Vocal Range: baritone

Nancy: a graduate of Fagin's academy, and Bill's doxy.
Gender: Female
Age: 20s or 30s
Vocal Range: alto

Bet: Nancy's friend and co-worker at the pub The Three Cripples.
Gender: Female
Age: late teens to early 20s
Vocal Range: alto

Mr. Bumble: A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 or older
Vocal Range: tenor

Mrs. Corney: A sharp-tongued, domineering widow - the Workhouse Mistress.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 or older
Vocal Range: soprano

Mr. Brownlow: An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.
Gender: Male
Age: 50 or older
Vocal Range: n/a

Mr. Sowerberry: The Undertaker.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 or older
Vocal Range: baritone

Mrs. Sowerberry: Mr. Sowerberry's wife and his overseer.
Gender: Female
Age: 40 or older
Vocal Range: soprano

Charlotte: The Sowerberry's sluttish young daughter.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal Range: n/a

Noah Claypole: Mr. Sowerberry's pimply apprentice.
Gender: Male
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal Range: n/a

Mr. Grimwig: A Doctor.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal Range: n/a

Mrs. Bedwin: The Brownlow's Housekeeper.
Gender: Female
Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: n/a

Old Sally: A Pauper.
Gender: Female
Age: 50 to 70
Vocal Range: n/a

Charley Bates: A boy in Fagin's establishment.
Gender: Male
Age: 10 to 15
Vocal Range: any

Workhouse Children and Fagin's Gang (15-20 roles with some overlap)
Gender: Males and Females
Age: 10 to 15

Ensemble: Street vendors, dancers, crowd members, etc. (12-20 ensemble members needed)
Gender: Males and Females
Age: Any

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Posted on March 08, 2019