Musical Theatre West generally holds auditions for its productions six to eight weeks before a show’s opening date. All roles are open to both Equity and non-Equity performers, and all ethnicities are always encouraged to audition.
OLIVER! SEASONAL EPA AUDITION INFO
Director: Jamie Rocco
Choreographer: Hector Guerrero
Musical Director: Ryan O’Connell
AUDITIONS ARE HELD AT:
The Musical Theatre West Reiner Rehearsal Hall
4350 East 7th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Monday, September 24th
Seasonal EPA-10am-5pm (Monitor arrives at 9am)
Female Dance Call-7pm (Must be signed in by 6:45pm)
Male Dance Call-8:30pm (Must be signed in by 8:15pm)
Tuesday, September 25th
Kids call-4pm (must be signed in and ready to go at 4pm)
Ensemble Call Backs-7:30pm
Wednesday, September 26th
Principal Call Backs-10am
Prepare a song in the style of the show. You can choose to sing from the score. Bring your audition material, you may be asked to sing a different short selection.
Female Dancers: Form fitting clothes and heels
Male Dancers: Form fitting clothes and character shoes
London is a diverse crossroads for the entire world. All are encouraged to apply. Oliver is seen through the eyes of a young boy-we are particularly looking for vivid characters with good voices.
All roles open except the role of Fagin, which will be played by Davis Gaines
Please also note there are 2 weekday 10am school performances on Feb 14 and 21
Age Range 8-13. (Smooth boy soprano range)
An orphaned workhouse boy, a very good singing actor who is onstage for most of the show. Must be unflappable. British (not cockney) accent. he was abandoned from an upper-class family, Oliver is innocent, bright, strong, goodhearted and highly spirited. If singing from the score choose Where Is Loveand Who Will Buy.
Age Range 13-18
A street kid, a strong singer/actor. Cockney accent. Very energetic, lively, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years. He’s Fagin’s right hand “man” and the best pickpocket in the group. IN spite of his “occupation” he has a good soul. He quickly befriends Oliver and mentors him as a pickpocket. If singing from the score choose Consider Yourself and I’d Do Anything.
Age Range 25-35. (Strong Belt)
A London prostitute, a very good singing actress. Strong Belt. Cockney Accent. The abused lover of Bill Sykes, tough, street smart, charismatic, wounded, caring, deep down she is moral, fun-loving and a leader. If singing from the score choose It’s A Fine Lifeand As Long As He Needs Me.
Age Range 30-45
A brutish murderer, a strong actor who can sing, Cockney Accent. Sykes is cruel, strong, brawny, tough, with charismatic and intense looks. If singing from the score choose My Name.
Age Range 16-20
Nancy’s sidekick, a good signing actress. Cockney Accent. Bet looks up to Nancy, as a sister figure. She is a good listener and her face is telling her story. She watches the story unfold. She enjoys Fagin’s gang. If singing from the score choose I’d Do Anything.
Mr. Bumble (also Ensemble)
Age Range 40-55. (High Tenor)
A cruel British Beadle. British accent. He’s greedy, pompous and a corrupt government official. He is a large man who uses his size to intimidate people. Mr. Bumble believes he is a Christian, he is a self-righteous man, who takes himself very seriously, except when he is alone with the Widow Corney. If singing from the score choose Boy For Sale.
Widow Corney (also Ensemble)
Age Range 35-50. (Soprano belt)
The domineering Mistress of the workhouse. Cockney accent. She is a large woman with a sharp tongue. Widow Corney is corrupt, cruel, stern, greedy, hypocritically selfish, callous, yet she turns into a buttercup on the lap of Mr. Bumble. If singing from the score choose I Shall Scream.
Mr. Sowerberry (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
Age Range 35-50 (Baritone)
The undertaker. Cockney accent. Creepy in an Edward Gorey way. He’s stingy, slimy, intense, scary, morbid, tall and slim. He “buys” Oliver from the Bumble to use him as a coffin follower.
If singing from the score choose That’s Your Funeral.
Mrs. Sowerberry (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
Age Range 35-50(Soprano)
The undertaker’s wife. Cockney accent. A mean, judgmental, bossy, demanding, nagging business woman.
Charlotte (Sowerberry) (also Ensemble)
Age Range 16-21
The Sowerberry’s daughter. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, very flirty. She is a rude bully and taunts Oliver.
Noah Claypole (also Ensemble)
Age Range 16-19
The Sowerberrys’ pimply apprentice. Cockney accent. He is threatened by Oliver and bullies him. He flirts with Charlotte who joins him in his nasty, tormenting cruelty. He appears violent and is revealed to be a coward.
Mr. Brownlow (also Ensemble)
Age Range 50-65
British Accent. A refined older gentleman who turns out to be Oliver’s grandfather. He is an honest, noble and intelligent upper-class man.
Mrs. Bedwin (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
Age Range 35-55 (soprano)
Mr. Brownlow’s housekeeper. British accent. Warm, personable, moral, compassionate and generous.
Dr. Grimwig(also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
Age Range 40-55
British accent. Upper class, friend of Mr. Brownlow. A cynical curmudgeon who is jaded, pessimistic, good and moral
Old Sally (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
Age Range 40-60
A dying old woman pauper who was the nurse during Oliver’s birth.
Workhouse Boys and Fagin’s Gang (including Charlie Bates)
Age Range 8-16 – All under 5’4”
Very good singing, dancing, children and teens from all walks of life. Cockney accents. Both male and female performers should attend. Tumbling, juggling, other special skills are a plus.
If singing from the score sing, Consider Yourself orWho Will Buy.
Age Range 20-45
Excellent singing dancers. ALL TYPES WELCOME.
There are some specialty singing roles and many small roles include: policemen, bar-keepers, knife grinder (bass/baritone), strawberry seller (soprano), milk seller (alto), rose seller (mezzo)