Auditions for Oliver! are on Sunday 23rd April starting at 10am in the main hall at Wickersley library with main company auditions, and dance auditions. We anticipate that the company auditions will finish at 11am however we may run over a little (though we will endeavour not to) so warn your parents in advance. EVERYONE who wants to take part in Oliver! must attend at this time. The only requirement for main company auditions is to print off and learn the song “Consider Yourself”.
The lyrics can be found by clicking here
And the backing track by clicking here
You will learn a short dance in one large group and will sing the song all together. Please come dressed to move around and bring a passport photo of yourself and your height in cm. You may also want to bring a drink.
**Please note you will be free to leave once your audition has finished, unless you are auditioning for a principal part, but anyone under the age of 12 will need to be accompanied home by a parent/guardian.
If you would like to try for a principal part please be prepared to sing the song for the character you are auditioning for and deliver the lib. A Cast List, Information Booklet, and all audition pieces can be accessed by clicking on the following links:
Principal Audition Pieces & Music:
Principal auditions for boys will start at 11am and will finish at 12.30. Principal auditions for girls will start at 1pm and will finish at 2.30.
Please note: where possible we will get different characters to read together or may have some callbacks so please be prepared to stay longer if necessary.
**Please be aware that being involved in this production is a definite commitment. Each cast member must be present for ALL rehearsals when he/she is required. The only exception to this is if we have been notified of an absence at the time of audition.**
The curtain opens on the sinister interior of the workhouse with a bare dining table, center stage, where the boys will sit. These pale-faced wretches can be seen peering through the bars of a door at the back. Looming above two curving stairways glows the legend “God Is Love” in rough letters. The door is opened and the boys file to the table and sing Food, Glorious Food. At the end of the song, the Widow Corney, who runs the workhouse and Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle, enter and a thin gruel is served. Wolfing the meagre fare, the boys hopelessly stack their bowls, but the hapless Oliver approaches Bumble with the entreaty, “Please sir, I want some more.” He is instantly subdued. Oliver is locked behind the barred door as the rest of the boys exit upstairs.
Oliver is brought forward, bag and baggage, and is led off by Bumble who sings the haunting Boy for Sale. Walking through the streets of London, they arrive at Mr. Sowerberry’s, the undertaker. Oliver is “sold” to the undertaker. Alone and frightened and surrounded by coffins on stage, he sings the plaintive Where Is Love?
Oliver runs away the very next morning, and is picked up hungry and tired in the streets by the Artful Dodger who cheers him up with Consider Yourself. The Dodger leads him through crowded streets to Fagin’s kitchen. The boys come in and Fagin himself appears and, with a mock solemn welcome to Oliver, sings the fantastic You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Nancy, Bill Sikes’ girl and Bet arrive. The two of them, accompanied by the boys and Fagin, celebrate their way of life in It’s a Fine Life. The action moves to the next morning when Fagin sends the boys off on a pocket-picking expedition, Oliver among them. The stage now displays a city scene and we witness the capture of Oliver, not for picking pockets, but for simply looking guilty.
In the second act the curtain rises on the “Three Cripples”-an underworld tavern-where Nancy is being encouraged to sing a music hall number, Oom-Pah-Pah. Fagin’s boys pour down the stairs telling of Oliver’s apprehension by the police, at the same time revealing that his innocence has been established and that he is presently ensconced in the home of a rich old gentleman. Fearful lest he give away their set-up, Fagin and Sikes dispatch Nancy to get Oliver back.
Meanwhile, at the home of his new-found benefactor, the erstwhile ragged Oliver has become a well-tailored, well-cared for little lad. Looking out of his bedroom window he observes some passing street vendors crying their wares; he sings Who Will Buy? A plea that his good luck and new situation in life will be permanent. However, the moment he sets foot outside his benefactor’s house, Oliver is seized and dragged off by Nancy to Fagin’s.
In the next scene Fagin occupies the empty stage and considers going straight in Reviewing the Situation. Subsequently, Bumble and Mrs. Corney, now uncomfortably married, discover that Oliver is the scion of a rich family. Their scheme to get him back fails and Nancy, regretting her part in the capture of Oliver, plans to return him to his benefactor at night on London Bridge. Fearful of Sikes, she reprises As Long as He Needs Me. Sikes stalks her and kills her. He grabs Oliver and, after a chase, is himself shot dead. Oliver is restored to his benefactor and Fagin, now without boys, home and money, reprises Reviewing the Situation.