This beloved musical, based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” tells the tale of an orphaned boy who escapes the cruel workhouse where he was raised and finds himself caught up in the criminal underworld of Victorian London. Featuring unforgettable songs such as “Consider Yourself” and “Food, Glorious Food” and memorable characters like the wily Artful Dodger and the greedy Fagin, Oliver! tugs at the heartstrings of audiences of all generations with its themes of resilience, redemption, and the power of kindness.
Oliver Twist – age range 10-13. An orphan workhouse boy (smooth boyish soprano)/actor. British accent, bright and innocent.
Artful Dodger – A street kid, age range 13-18, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin’s right hand “man”.
Fagin – Middle aged leader of a children’s band of thieves, age range 35- 50s, singer/actor. Cockney accent. Described as devious, a user, sly fox, con man, very personable.
Nancy: -Formerly worked for Fagin, now a “barmaid”, age range 20-30s, singer (good belt)/actress should have decent movement skills. Cockney accent. Pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life.
Bill Sykes: – A feared master criminal, age range 20-30s actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Good looking in a rough sort of way, sociopath, a killer who only looks out for himself.
Mr. Bumble – The Master of the Workhouse, age range 35-55, singer (high tenor)/actor. Cockney accent. A large, pompous and corrupt bureaucrat.
Widow Corney -The Mistress of the Workhouse, age range 30-50, singer (soprano belt)/ actress. Cockney accent. Sharp tongued widow, also corrupt.
Bet – Nancy’s friend, may also have worked for Fagin, age range 16-25, singer/actress should move well. Cockney accent. She idolizes Nancy.
Mr. Sowerberry – The undertaker, age range 30-45, actor/singer (baritone). Cockney accent. Kind of creepy, “buy” Oliver from Bumble to work in the funeral home as a coffin follower, may be an alcoholic.
Mrs. Sowerberry: -The undertaker’s wife, age range 30-45, actress/singer (mezzo). Cockney accent. More business savvy than her husband.
Noah Claypole – Undertaker’s apprentice, age range 18-25, actor. Cockney accent. May have also come from Workhouse. Feels threatened by, dislikes and torments Oliver.
Charlotte: – Sowerberry’s daughter, age range 16-21, actress. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, kind of flirty.
Mr. Brownlow – Older gentleman, age range 40-60, actor/singer. British (not cockney) accent. Kind upper class gentleman, Oliver’s grandfather.
Dr. Grimwig – A doctor, age range 35-55, actor. British (not cockney) accent. Upper class, friend of Mr. Brownlow.
Mrs. Bedwin – A housekeeper, age range 35-55. British (not cockney) accent. Works for Mr. Brownlow. Warm personality.
Workhouse Boys & Fagin Gang – Age 10+, girls might also be considered for these roles (but will play boys).
Adult Ensemble – Various roles, including some with solo singing.
AUDITION CALL DATES AND TIMES:
Auditions will be by appointment.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, and MONDAY, OCTOBER 2
Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of your scheduled audition.
Please prepare your best 16 bars of a prepared classic Broadway song and bring marked sheet music for accompanist. Please bring a recent photo or headshot. You might be asked to do a cold reading from script.
Be prepared to provide rehearsal conflicts October 15-November 30
PRODUCTION RUNS December 1- 17
PLEASE ENTER GREEN ROOM DOOR FROM REAR PARKING LOT BEHIND THE THEATRE OFF TENNESSEE AVENUE.