Oliver! Youth Ensemble Audition

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 5:30 to 8:00
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 5:30 to 8:30

Words and music by Lionel Bart Based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens (presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International)

Producer …TBA
Director…Bob Buckley
Music Director…Chris Ness,
Choreographer…Heather Dennis

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.

Performance Dates

Thursday, February 8, 2018 …8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 ...8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 …….. 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 16, 2018 …….8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 ….2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 … 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 2018 ..8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 …8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 ….2:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 …..2:00 p.m.


Rehearsals begin mid-October 2017…Three sessions per week…Tuesday 7-10, Thursday 7-10, Sunday 1-5…youth ensemble will be called in the early part of the evening, at least until we get closer to show time and start running whole sections of the show. Parents please note that there will be some late nights for young people, especially in January and February.


All auditions and rehearsals will take place at the KCP facility at 481 Welham Road, Barrie, Unit 12.

NOTE…The youth ensemble in “Oliver!” is a very significant and demanding part. They start off as a group of orphans in the Workhouse, and later return as members of Fagin’s gang of pickpockets. They have several major songs, and a good deal of acting and choreography. Because the role is so large, we will be double casting, with about 10 to 12 young people in each cast. Originally the musical was written for boys, and we encourage as many boys as possible to audition. Unchanged voices are probably ideal, but not required. Girls will also be part of the youth cast, and we look forward to seeing and hearing them at auditions.

NOTE…We have set up our schedule so that young people in “Peter Pan Junior” will be able to be in both productions if they wish, though being in “Peter Pan” does not guarantee a place in “Oliver!” A separate audition is required for “Oliver!” Those who are considering both should be aware of the demanding workload and make their decision accordingly.

Note...all applicants are auditioning for a place only in the youth ensemble

If you are a boy or girl between the ages of 10 and 14, and wish to audition for a role in the youth ensemble for “Oliver!”, please fill out the application provided and submit it to KCP. You will receive a response and an appointment for your audition. Please be prepared to stay for about one hour at audition time. Please be on time for your audition. It is important for us to keep to our schedule on those nights.

NOTE: We may have an opening for someone to play the title role of Oliver Twist (young, unchanged voice), and someone to play “the Artful Dodger” (slightly older, early teens). If you are interested in either of these major lead roles, please indicate this on your application.


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