Oliver! Audition

NOTE…no guarantees or promises, but our timelines are such that it would be possible for some young people in the “workhouse/Fagin’s gang” to be in both Peter Pan Junior and Oliver! (NOT possible for Oliver or Dodger). Separate auditions would be required.

Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and - most importantly - for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman, to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver! is a musical classic.

Oliver! Based on the Charles Dickens novel
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
DIrector Bob Buckley
Music Director Chris Ness

Characters

English accents are essential for lead roles…Cockney for Dodger, Nancy, Bill, Noah…other accents for other characters…instruction will be given!!!

Oliver Twist—a workhouse boy 11-13 years…unbroken voice…mid range…naïve, frightened…overwhelmed
Mr.Bumble -- a large pompous man…head of the workhouse…45-55. Real tenor
Widow Corney — a sharp-tongued, domineering widow of 50ish; the Workhouse Mistress…mezzo
Mr. Sowerberry — the Undertaker …40-50…baritone
Mrs. Sowerberry — his overseer and wife…a complainer…40-50…alto
The Artful Dodger — Fagin’s brightest pupil; a youth who knows all the cons…could be a changed voice but not necessarily…mid range
Fagin — an elderly mix of crook and caregiver…probably supposed to be 55-65; runs “training academy” for a gang of young pickpockets…sly, sneaky, conniving, but somehow likeable
Nancy — young woman…’mother figure” to the pickpockets…friendly, kind hearted, but a street girl…ruled by Bill Sykes…soprano
Bet — a teenage lass in Fagin’s establishment; idolizes Nancy
Bill Sykes — a villain in his prime…threatening, violent, dominates Fagin, controls Nancy…30ish
Noah Claypole — the Undertaker’s adolescent apprentice …nasty…taunts Oliver…non-singing
Charlotte — the Sowerberrys’ teasing teenage maid …non-singing
Mr. Brownlow — an old gentleman of wealth and breeding…non-singing
Mrs. Bedwin — the Brownlows’ Housekeeper …older nurse-type…non-singing
Dr. Grimwig — a Doctor …non-singing
Other characters…one liners and non-singers

CHORUS (lots of work for everyone)

Workhouse Boys …become Fagin’s gang after first few scenes…large role…for this production, can be boys and girls of various ages (say 10 to 15)
Workhouse Assistants …adult workers
Bow Street Runners (police)
Street vendors, Crowd scenes etc.

NOTE…we plan to double cast many of the roles…this gives more opportunities for performers to have a solo role, to share the workload, to collaborate on the nature of the character etc. It also guards against sickness and other unavoidable absences.

MAJOR SONGS

Food, Glorious Food…Workhouse gang
Oliver!...Mr. Bumble
Where Is Love?...Oliver
Consider Yourself ...Dodger, Oliver, Fagin, Gang
You've Got To Pick-A-Pocket Or Two…Fagin and gang
It's a Fine Life…Nancy and chorus
I'd Do Anything…Nancy, Bet, Dodger, Oliver, gang, chorus
Be Back Soon …Fagin and gang
Oom-Pah-Pah..Nancy and chorus
As Long As He Needs Me…Nancy
Who Will Buy?...Oliver and chorus

Audition

Auditions will be held in June, and will be divided as follows:

June 9th (5:00 to 6:30) and June 10th (9:00 to 10:00) (young people) - auditioning for the roles of Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger.
NOTE: Do not prepare one of your own songs. After you apply, we will send you some music for your audition song, and a page of dialogue for a reading session. At the audition, you will be asked to sing one or two of the songs, and to read the dialogue with another person

June 9th. …(6:30 to 9:00) and June 10th …(10:00 to 12:00 noon) - adults who wish to audition for the roles of Fagin, Nancy, Mr. Bumble, Bill Sikes.
NOTE: Do not prepare one of your own songs. After you apply, we will send you some music for your audition song, and a page of dialogue for a reading session. At the audition, you will be asked to sing one or two of the songs, and to read the dialogue with another person.

Also during these times, adults who wish to be part of the ensemble. We will assign a time (in groups) for ensemble adults to attend. No need to prepare anything…we will teach a song. Note…once rehearsals begin we will assign minor leads from this group. (You will be asked if you are interested in a minor lead).

September 5th and 6th (5:30 to 8:00) - auditions for young people who wish to be part of the “gang”…(Workhouse and Fagin’s).
PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THIS ROLE NOW. DETAILS WILL BE RELEASED IN MID-AUGUST.

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