Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Leo J. Welder for the Performing Arts
Monday, May 8, 2017 at 6:30pm
Call Backs, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
- Friday, July 21 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, July 22 – 7:30 pm
- Sunday, July 23 – 2:00 pm
- Thursday, July 27 – 7:30 pm
- Friday, July 28 – 7:30 pm
- Saturday, July 29 – 7:30 pm
About the Show
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.
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 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.
All roles are open. This is a musical and everyone will be required to sing 32 bars from a song, participate in the dance/movement part of the audition and reading from the script. Please bring sheet music or CD for the singing part of the audition and comfortable clothing and shoes you can move in - wear Dance Shoes or Tennis Shoes. NO FLIP FLOPS or SANDALS. An accompanist and CD player will be provided. You must have sheet music or CD to audition. We encourage you to bring sheet music in your key (accompanist will not transpose).
Roles currently being cast – (all ages are suggested STAGE ages)
- Oliver Twist - A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.
- Fagin - An elderly receiver - runs training academy for young pickpockets.
- The Artful Dodger - Fagin's brightest pupil – about 16.
- Bill Sikes - A villain in his prime.
- Nancy - A graduate of Fagin's academy, and Bill's doxy.
- Bet - 15 year old lass in Fagin's establishment - idolizes Nancy.
- Mr. Bumble - A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.
- Mrs. Corney - A sharp-tongued, domineering widow - the Workhouse Mistress.
- Mr. Brownlow - An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.
- Mr. Sowerberry - The Undertaker.
- Mrs. Sowerberry - Mr. Sowerberry's wife and his overseer.
- Charlotte - The Sowerberry's young daughter.
- Noah Claypole - Mr. Sowerberry's pimply apprentice.
- Mr. Grimwig - A Doctor.
- Mrs. Bedwin - The Brownlow's Housekeeper.
- Old Sally - A Pauper.
- Charley Bates - A boy in Fagin's establishment.
- Ensemble - Workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow street runners, street vendors and crowd, etc.
Rehearsals begin Sunday, June 4 and are typically scheduled Sunday through Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:00pm (July 4 is currently scheduled to be OFF). All potential conflicts should be cleared for rehearsal and performance days. If you can’t clear them, be prepared to list any and all conflicts with the rehearsal days at the time of the audition. NO ONE is excused from scheduled rehearsals or performances from July 16th to the final strike on
A detailed schedule, with dates and times and those REQUIRED to be at rehearsals, will be provided throughout the rehearsal process. However, please mark these dates on your schedule accordingly and make every arrangement necessary to attend all rehearsals and performances. Due to the requirements of this, and all productions, no one can be excused from any technical rehearsal or performance. If potential conflicts arise prior to rehearsals beginning – actors are asked to contact their stage manager immediately. If potential conflicts arise during the rehearsal process – you will notify your stage manager. The success of the production is impacted by the great attendance, discipline and accountability of all cast and crew at all scheduled rehearsals and performances
(Production weeks) begin Sunday, July 16
Sunday, July 30