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The ground-breaking British musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel premiered on London’s West End in June 1960 and ran for over 2,600 performances. The revival production played to packed houses from 1994 to 1998 and the new revised West End production from 2008 until 2011 before embarking on a two-year UK tour. This much-loved musical vividly brings to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more. The show is full of Lionel Bart’s irresistible songs including ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’, ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Oom Pah Pah’, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’ and many more. It follows the adventures of the orphan Oliver as he escapes his bleak and lonely workhouse existence, journeys to London, and is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets. When he’s falsely accused of exposing the gang by the frightening Bill Sykes, he discovers he has more friends than he ever imagined.
If you are auditioning for the following roles please prepare the song indicated. Music sides can be found at https://www.cbhs.org/page/student-life/arts/theatre
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. Sing Consider Yourself.
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. Sing As Long As He Needs Me.
A brutish murderer, a strong actor who can sing, Cockney Accent. Sykes is cruel, strong, brawny, tough, with charismatic and intense looks. Sing My Name.
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. Sing It’s a Fine Life.
Mr. Bumble (also Ensemble)
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. Sing Boy For Sale.
Widow Corney (also Ensemble)
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. Sing I Shall Scream.
Mr. Sowerberry (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
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. Sing That’s Your Funeral.
Mrs. Sowerberry (also Ensemble, may play multiple roles)
The undertaker’s wife. Cockney accent. A mean, judgmental, bossy, demanding, nagging business woman. Sing That’s Your Funeral.
For the following roles, and if you are interested in the Ensemble, please sing Chorus - Consider Yourself.
Charlotte (Sowerberry) (also Ensemble)
The Sowerberry’s daughter. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, very flirty. She is a rude bully and taunts Oliver.
Noah Claypole (also Ensemble)
The Sowerberry's’ 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)
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)
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.
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).
Sing Chorus - Consider Yourself.