Oliver! is an English musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Audition music will be posted before auditions. We have roles for all ages!
Audition Dates: July 17 & 18
Show Dates: September 29 – October 8
CENTRAL ROLE BREAKDOWNS
The protagonist, a lonely orphan boy in search of love and acceptance; must appear to be around 10-12 years old; singing part; gentle/soft-spoken; able to convey real emotions. For audition reading #2 & reading #5 in British accent, and sing Where is Love.
A conniving career criminal who teachers young boys to pic pockets for him; he is also somewhat of a father figure to the gang; must appear to be 40’s to 60’s; singing part; very colorful fun character with some comedic scenes. For audition reading #3 and reading #4 in a Cockney accent, and sing Pick a Pocket or Two.
The Artful Dodger
Fagin’s protégée; the clever boy leader of Fagin’s gang; must appear to be 13 – 15 years-old; very colorful part and must have a dynamic stage presence; singing and dancing part. For audition reading #2 & reading #3 in Cockney accent, and sing Consider Yourself.
Sikes’ lover and a friend to Fagin’s gang who becomes attached to Oliver; age 20 – 40; flamboyant but vulnerable; must be a strong singer/dancer/actress; some “big” voice numbers; scenes with physical violence. For audition reading #4 in Cockney accent, and sing As Long As He Needs Me.
The “bad guy”, a very rough and violent bully; age could be 30 – 50; one song but does not have to be a great singer; scenes involving violence. For audition reading #4 in Cockney accent, and sing Pick A Pocket or Two.
The parochial overseer of the workhouse; very stern/strict; hard on the children but flirts with widow Carney; age 40’s – 50’s; singing part (classic-sounding voice best); some comedic scenes. For audition reading #1 in high British accent, and sing Boy For Sale.
The strict matron of the workhouse; a “full-figured” woman; somewhat of a comedic role; about same age as Mr. Bumble; singing part. For audition reading #1 in British accent, and sing I Shall Scream.
A stately English gentleman who takes Oliver in and turns out to be his long lost grandfather; does not sing or dance; age 50 – 65. For audition reading #5 in high British accent.
A close friend of Mr. Brownlow and the doctor who is looking in on Oliver; age could be 30 – 60; does not sing or dance. For audition reading #5 in high British accent.
OTHER ROLE BREAKDOWNS (may audition with any of the above):
The undertaker; a classic Dickensian character; a thin grim man with some comedic moments; age 40’s – 60’s.
The undertaker’s wife, who is definitely the one in charge; age 40’s – 60’s.
Nancy’s friend and former member of Fagin’s gang; age 16-20; sings (group and solo) and dances.
Member of Fagin’s gang and Dodger’s sidekick; age 12 – 16; dances and sings in group.
The undertaker’s daughter who is mean to Oliver and flirts with Noah; no singing/dancing.
The undertaker’s pimply apprentice who bullies Oliver and flirts with Charlotte; age 15 – 20; no singing/dancing.
An old pauper who gives a last minute confession then dies; only in one scene.
3 girls and 1 guy; age 20’s – 50’s; sing one song. For audition will sing Who Will Buy.
Will need 15 boys or girls who could be dressed like boys; must appear to be anywhere from 10 – 16 years-old; will be in first scene (workhouse) and also play the kids in Fagin’s gang; much group singing and choreography. For auditions will sing Food, Glorious Food (in groups).
Older boys who work as stewards in the workhouse; ages 15 – 20; could also be part of adult chorus/ensemble.
About 4 – 5 pompous men present in the very beginning number who govern the workhouse; age 30’s – 70’s; could also double as adult chorus/ensemble.
Need 10 – 20 of all ages, male and female, to fill various incidental roles and complete the busy street scenes; will sing in the chorus and have a couple of big choreographed numbers.