Music & Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Orchestral arrangements by William David Brohn
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia).
ABOUT THE SHOW
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s OLIVER takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London underworld of theft and violence – searching for a home, a family and most importantly, for love.
When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he didn’t commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman – to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb but desperate to help Oliver.
With spirited, timeless songs such as “As Long as He Needs Me”, “Food, Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself” and “Where Is Love”, Oliver is an absolute Musical Theatre classic!
Redcliffe Musical Theatre is an incorporated, not-for-profit Community Theatre that was formed in September 2009 and has since then performed over 30 MAJOR productions at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre – including PRISCILLA March 2022, the Qld Premier of SCHOOL OF ROCK July 2021. JERSEY BOYS March 2021 and MAMMA MIA March 2020/January 2021 - as well as numerous smaller musicals, cabarets and concerts at our home base – THEATRE 102 – at 102 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe.
If you’d like to get to know us better before making the decision to join us as a cast member, then please visit our website www.redcliffemusicaltheatre.com or visit our Facebook page
Executive Producer / Director – Madeleine Johns
Associate Director – Thomas Armstrong-Robley
Musical Director – Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
Choreographers – Taylah McLennan and Sara Jane Aistrope
Assistant Vocal Coach - Matt Leigh
Production Manager - Georgia Murray
Wednesday 27th April 4-9pm (exclusively for younger performers)
Thursday 28th April 7-9.30pm
Monday 2nd May 9am-3pm
CALL-BACK Auditions – Monday 2nd May 4-7pm
ALL auditions and call-backs will be held at THEATRE 102 (102 Anzac Avenue, Redcliffe)
AUDITION places should be pre-booked via online registration below.
Those auditioning for a PRINCIPAL role should prepared to sing a 1 min cut from a song that your chosen character sings in OLIVER and a 1 min cut from a contrasting song from another musical. Other roles need only sing from the OLIVER score.
You Must Book Two Slots, 1 Audition and 1 Dance
You will be emailed with times closer to audition date.
Friday July 8 at 7.30pm
Saturday July 9 at 2pm and 7.30pm
Sunday July 10 at 2pm
Friday July 15 at 7.30pm
Saturday July 16 at 2pm and 7.30pm
Sunday July 17 at 2pm
ALL performances will be held at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, Downs St, Redcliffe
(Please download Audition Pack for Detailed Brief on all Characters)
Oliver! Character Descriptions
(NOTE - The role of FAGIN has been pre-cast – we will however be looking for a cover for this role)
Oliver Twist: A orphan workhouse boy, age range 8-13, singer. Please prepare a 1min cut from Where Is Love.
Artful Dodger: A street kid, age range 13-18, singer/actor. Please prepare a 1min cut from Consider Yourself.
Fagin: Middle aged leader of a children’s band of thieves, age range 35- 50s, singer/actor.
Nancy: When she was younger worked for Fagin, now a “barmaid”, age range 20-30s, singer (good belt). Please prepare a 1min cut from As Long As He Needs Me.
Bill Sykes: Also worked for Fagin as a youth now a feared master criminal, age range 20-30s actor/singer (baritone). Please prepare a 1min cut from My Name.
Mr. Bumble: The Master of the Workhouse, age range 35-55, singer (high tenor). Please prepare a 1min cut from Boy For Sale.
Widow Corney: The Mistress of the Workhouse, age range 30-50, singer (soprano belt). Please prepare a 1min cut from I Shall Scream.
Bet: Nancy’s friend, may also have worked for Fagin, age range 16-25, singer. Please prepare a 1min cut from I’d Do Anything.
Mr. Sowerberry: The undertaker, age range 30-50, actor/singer (baritone).
Mrs. Sowerberry: The undertaker’s wife, age range 30-50, actress/singer (mezzo).
Noah Claypole: Undertaker’s apprentice, age range 17-25.
Charlotte: Sowerberry’s daughter, age range 15-21.
Dr. Grimwig: A doctor, age range 35-55.
Mrs. Bedwin: A housekeeper, age range 35-55.
Fagin’s Gang – Age range 8-18. Girls and boys. Singers/actors/movers. Please prepare a 1min cut from either I’d Do Anything or Be Back Soon
Ensemble / Workhouse Kids - Age ranges 6-16 Singers/actors, let us know if you have any “special skills” Choose a 1min cut of either Food Glorious Food or Consider Yourself.
Adult Featured Ensemble - Age ranges 15 and up, singers (all voice types) 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). Choose a 1 min cut of either Who Will Buy or Consider Yourself.