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Oliver!

April 28,29 – May 5,6,7 – mixed-age musical – directed by Donna Klein

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Auditioning and Casting

Hi! If you are here, you must be interested in finding out more about our spring musical, ‘Lionel Bart’s Oliver!’. This is a mixed-age cast production. We’re looking for 10 to 12 youth (girls and boys) age 10+ to be part of the cast and part of the youth chorus. We’d love to cast the title role as a boy. Youth age 16 and older are welcome to be part of the cast and adult chorus, too.

This is the first time I’ve partially pre-cast a play. Usually, that decision is left until after the second night of auditions. However, we often struggle to find enough men to be in our plays and we needed to be reasonably sure that we would be able to properly cast the play.

Below is a list of the characters in the play with an indication of which ones have been cast. Open auditions for roles that have not been cast and for the youth and adult choruses take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 31 and February 1 at 7 p.m. at the theater. We’ll sing through some of the songs, do a little choreographed movement, and read from the script.

If you want to audition for a role that has not been cast as of today, please contact me (the director, Donna Klein) and we’ll meet before open auditions start on January 31.

Rehearsals

Our rehearsal schedule is a little different for this musical. We will be working on music (and maybe a little choreography) in February during our abbreviated rehearsal schedule. Adults will meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. and kids will meet on Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m. starting Saturday, February 4th. Most of our February rehearsals will be at the theater but we will be working around rehearsals for ‘The Miracle Worker,’ so we may meet in an alternate location as needed.

Some people have expressed an interest in singing with us even though they don’t want to be in the play. There are three chorus songs and the finale. You are welcome to join in singing  those songs during our February rehearsals. Who knows? You may decide to join us on stage!

Our full rehearsal schedule starts on Tuesday, February 28th. This is a short rehearsal schedule for a major musical.  If you are cast in a speaking role I expect you to be working on your lines as soon as we receive our scripts in February, even though we will not start blocking until we start full rehearsals.

 Starting on Tuesday, February 28th, adults and principal youth actors will rehearse on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-10 p.m. (we will do our best to have young actors be done between 8:30 and 9 p.m.). Youth and principal adult actors who have scenes with the kids will rehearse on Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

We want to start running the show by no later than Tuesday, April 18th. That means all actors will rehearse from 7-10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday until production week. Youth chorus members can go home after rehearsing Act 1.

Attendance at production week rehearsals and all performances is mandatory. We will rehearse Monday through Thursday (April 24-27) at 7 p.m. during production week. End time may vary. Most of the youth actors are only in Act 1, so we should still be able to get young actors out of the theater at a reasonable hour.

Songs

Here’s a link to the songs if you want to check them out. We will sing ‘Consider Yourself‘ at auditions.

If you have any questions, please call or text Donna Klein at 989-306-3951.

Character Descriptions and the Songs They Sing

Youth Chorus – workhouse kids and Fagin’s kids
Songs: Food, Glorious Food, Oliver!, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, It’s a Fine Life, Be Back Soon

Adult Chorus – various roles throughout the play
Songs: Consider Yourself, Oom-Pah-Pah, Who Will Buy?, Finale

Oliver – a workhouse boy about 11 years of age
Songs: Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, I’d Do Anything, Be Back Soon, Who Will Buy?, Finale

Mr. Bumble (Already Cast) – a large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse
Songs: Oliver!, I Shall Scream,  Boy For Sale, That’s Your Funeral, Oliver! (Reprise), Finale

Widow Corney (Already Cast) – a sharp-tongued, domineering widow; the workhouse mistress.
Songs: Oliver!, I Shall Scream, Oliver! (Reprise), Finale

Mr. Sowerberry (Already Cast) – the undertaker
Songs: That’s Your Funeral, Finale

Mrs. Sowerberry (Already Cast) – his wife and overseer
Songs: That’s Your Funeral, Finale

The Artful Dodger – Fagin’s brightest pupil
Songs: Consider Yourself, Be Back Soon, It’s a Fine Life, Finale

Fagin (Already Cast) – an elderly receiver who runs a training academy for young pickpockets
Songs: You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, Be Back Soon, It’s a Fine Life (Reprise), Reviewing the Situation, Reviewing the Situation (Reprise), Finale

Nancy (Already Cast) – a product of Fagin’s academy and Bill’s doxy
Songs: It’s a Fine Life,  I’d Do Anything, Oom-Pah-Pah, As Long as He Needs Me, It’s a Fine Life (Reprise), As Long as He Needs Me (Reprise), Finale

Bet – a lass in Fagin’s establishment who idolizes Nancy
Songs: It’s a Fine Life, I’d Do Anything, Finale

Charley Bates – one of the kids in Fagin’s establishment
Songs: Be Back Soon, Finale

Bill Sikes (Already Cast) – a villain in his prime
Songs: My Name, It’s a Fine Life (Reprise), Finale

Mrs. Bedwin (Already Cast) – the Brownlow’s housekeeper
Songs: Where is Love? (Reprise), other: see Adult Chorus

Mr. Brownlow – an older gentleman of wealth and breeding
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Charlotte – the Sowerberrry’s sluttish young daughter
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Noah Claypool – the Sowerberry’s apprentice
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Mr. Grimwig – a doctor
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Old Sally – a pauper
Songs: see Adult Chorus

The Governors – workhouse board of directors
Songs: Oliver!, others: see Adult Chorus

Matron: works under the Widow Corney at the workhouse
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Gang Boy – one of Fagin’s kids
Songs: solo in Consider Yourself, other: see Youth Chorus

Rose Seller, Milkmaid, Strawberry Seller, Knife Grinder
Solos in: Who Will Buy?, other: see Adult Chorus

First Woman, Second Woman, First Man, Second Man – Oliver’s kidnapping
Songs: see Adult Chorus

Lamplighter, Hussar, Girl, Bow Street Runners: #1, #2, First Woman, First Man – London Bridge and rooftops
Songs: see Adult Chorus

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Rogers City Theater
257 N. Third St.
Rogers City,  MI

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