Auditions for

July 17 and 18, 2017

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The Brown Centre
115 Clarksville St, Paris, TX

Director: Dr. Kyle Jones


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


Oliver Twist
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.

Bill Sikes
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.

Mr. Bumble
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.

Widow Carney
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.

Mr. Brownlow
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.

Mr. Grimwig
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.

Mrs. Bedwin
Mr. Brownlow’s housekeeper who looks after Oliver; age 40-60’s; sings short lullaby. For audition reading #5 in high British accent and sing 1st part of Where Is Love.

OTHER ROLE BREAKDOWNS (may audition with any of the above):

Mr. Sowerberry
The undertaker; a classic Dickensian character; a thin grim man with some comedic moments; age 40’s – 60’s.

Mrs. Sowerberry
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.

Charley Bates
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.

Noah Claypole
The undertaker’s pimply apprentice who bullies Oliver and flirts with Charlotte; age 15 – 20; no singing/dancing.

Old Sally
An old pauper who gives a last minute confession then dies; only in one scene.

Street Vendors
3 girls and 1 guy; age 20’s – 50’s; sing one song. For audition will sing Who Will Buy.

Kid’s Ensemble
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).

Workhouse Boys
Older boys who work as stewards in the workhouse; ages 15 – 20; could also be part of adult chorus/ensemble.

Workhouse Governors
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.

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.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

Gold Star Level Silver Star Level Bronze Star Level
The Paris News Harrison Walker & Harper Dr. Grossnickle
First Federal Community Bank Ameriprise Financial Pools & More
Paris Regional Medical Center Turner Industries Edward Jones/Stephen Gerald
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Louise W. Hagood Texas Oncology
Donnarosa Ag Enterprises, LLC East Texas Broadcasting Liberty National Bank
Paris Area Arts Alliance Chongo Feo Production Malnory McNeal
Young Title Company /Law Offices of Sydney Young Green Boutique
Kwik Kopy Lamar National Bank
Everett Toyota of Paris Paris Cardiology Center
Paris Downtown Association

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