Oliver!

A Fountain Hills Theater Production by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh
Lionel Bart’s OLIVER!

Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart
freely Adapted from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist


Directed by Kyla Druckman
Musically Directed By TBA
Choreographed By TBA

Oliver! audition at Fountain Hills Theater

AUDITIONS:
Saturday, May 18 at 12pm and Sunday, May 19 at 6pm
Callbacks (if required) Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm
DOWNLOAD TENTATIVE REHEARSAL SCHEDULE HERE
Rehearsals Begin Saturday, June 1

PRODUCTION DATES:
July 12 – 28, 2024
Performances Friday, Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm

A Musical in the Mainstage Theater

The family favorite musical Oliver!, based on the Charles Dickens’ classic ‘Oliver Twist’, tells the tale of the young orphan Oliver and his many adventures in olde London . Left in an orphanage and then sent to a workhouse, Oliver is apprenticed to the dreadful Sowerberry funeral home. He runs away after being mistreated and becomes lost in London before being befriended by The Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket in the employ of miserly, old Fagin.

To Audition:
Auditioners are asked sing 16-32 bars of a song of the style that also that best shows off their voice and range. An accompanist is provided. No recorded accompaniment, please. Please dress for dance audition following. Auditioners should be prepared with a short monologue if requested.

Auditioners should:
– Complete digital audition form (at this link, or through above button)
– Bring headshot, and resume if available and if not already submitted via link above

Video Auditions:
Must be submitted prior to May 17, and may substitute for appearing at the Saturday and Sunday auditions. Auditioners must be available to attend in-person callbacks May 21 if required. Video should include a short monologue, 16- 32 bars of a song that best shows off their voice and range, 1 minute dance routine demonstrating dance training, and be uploaded with a headshot, and a resume (if available) when filling out the digital audition form linked above.

FHT seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Character ages are not set in stone and all roles are open to all ethnicities unless otherwise stated. Actors should consider roles if they feel they can represent the characters and age range listed.

FHT seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Character ages are not set in stone and all roles are open to all ethnicities unless otherwise stated. Actors should consider roles if they feel they can represent the characters and age range listed.

CASTING FOR:

FHT seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability, and sexual orientation. Character ages are not set in stone and all roles are open to all ethnicities unless otherwise stated. Actors should consider roles if they feel they can represent the characters and age range listed.

Oliver Twist: A orphan workhouse boy, age range 8-13, singer (smooth boyish soprano)/actor. British (not cockney) accent, bright and innocent. This character is in approximately 80% of the scenes, parents should note he will be required at rehearsal more than any other person in the show.

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: When she was younger worked for Fagin, now a “barmaid” at the Three Cripples Bar, age range 20-30s, singer (good belt)/actress should have decent movement skills. Cockney accent. She lives with and loves Bill Sykes, pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life.

Bill Sykes: Also worked for Fagin as a youth now 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 & Fagin Kids: Age ranges 7-18, will cast boys AND girls. Including Dodger’s friend Charley. Singers/actors, let us know if you have any “special skills” example: acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, dance etc. Some cockney accents will be taught. We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable. Boys and girls will be in one or more of the following: Workhouse Boys, Workhouse Assistants, Bow Street Runners, Street Vendors (Criers), Crowd of Onlookers and Passersby.

Adult Featured Ensemble Age ranges 15 and up: Singers (all voice types), characters with cockney and traditional British accents. Included in this are the “featured” soloists: The Rose Seller (mezzo), Strawberry Seller (soprano), Milk Maid (soprano), Knife Grinder (baritone) and Long Song Seller (Tenor); featured roles Old Sally and Old Lady (cockney accents), & The Chairman.


Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com.