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All auditions are held at the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio at 322 West Ann St. unless otherwise noted. Click on this: Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Studio for directions. Times and dates are specified in each show's audition information. Make sure to scroll down to get to the audition information for the Studio Series. Junior Theatre audition information is now found by selecting the Junior Theatre tab on our home page.

Upcoming Main Stage Auditions


OLIVER!

book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart

directed by Wendy Sielaff | music direction by Debra Nichols | choreography by Elizabeth Ash

AUDITIONS: October 21: Kids 2-4 PM, Adults 5-8 PM & October 22: Kids 7-8 PM, Adults 8-10 PM

CALLBACKS: October 23 @ 7 PM

REHEARSALS: Begin October 29. Sunday afternoons, Monday-Thursday 7-10

PERFORMANCES: January 11-13, 2019 @ the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre | 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Ann Arbor Civic Theatre announces auditions for its main stage production of Oliver! with book, music, and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The production is directed by Wendy Sielaff, with music direction by Debra Nichols and choreography by Elizabeth Ash. Auditions will take place Sunday, October 21 and Monday, October 22 at the A2CT Studio, 322 W. Ann Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Children, including those auditioning for the role of Oliver, will audition Sunday (10/21) from 2-4 PM, or, if necessary, Monday (10/22) from 7-8 PM. Adult auditions will be Sunday from 5-8 PM and Monday from 8-10 PM. Callbacks will be Tuesday, October 23 at 7 PM at the A2CT Studio.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

No pre-registration is required. Those wishing to audition may arrive at any point during the scheduled audition times; the last auditions will be seen starting 15 minutes before the posted end time. Parents of children auditioning should plan to stay, as your child’s audition should not last more than half an hour. All actors auditioning, including children should prepare 16-32 bars of a song that shows vocal range; please do not sing songs from the show. Please bring your marked sheet music for the accompanist; no a capella auditions. Come dressed to dance and with suitable shoes – the choreographer will teach the sequence for the audition. Those wishing to audition for major roles, including Oliver, will read from the script.

Auditioners must be available for callbacks and should be ready at the general audition to list any conflicts they have during the rehearsal period. Rehearsals will be Sunday afternoons (with possible added evenings) and Monday-Thursday from 7-10. Consideration will be made to rehearse and release children as early as possible in the evenings. There will be minimal rehearsals between Christmas and New Year’s. All those auditioning must be available for all of production week, January 6-13.


CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS AND VOCAL RANGES

Principal Roles

Oliver Twist: A orphan workhouse boy, age range 8-13, singer (smooth boyish soprano A2-G4)/actor. British (not cockney) accent, bright and innocent. This character is in approximately 80% of the scenes, parents should note he will be required at rehearsal more than any other child actor. Will consider female. Strong actor solos

Artful Dodger: A street kid, age range 13-16, singer (A2-D4)/actor. Cockney accent. Very energetic, highly personable, intelligent and savvy beyond his years, Fagin's right hand "man". Will consider female. strong actor solos

Fagin: Middle aged leader of a children's band of thieves, age range 35-50s, singer (baritone or tenor, C2-F3)/actor. Cockney accent. Described as devious, a user, sly fox, con man, very personable. solos

Nancy: When she was younger worked for Fagin, now a "barmaid" at the Three Cripples Bar, age range 20-40s, singer (good belt, alto, F2-E4))/actress should have decent movement skills. Cockney accent. She lives with and loves Bill Sykes, pretty, intelligent, longs for a better life. solos

Bill Sykes: Also worked for Fagin as a youth now a feared master criminal, age range 30-50s actor/singer (bass, A1-D3). Cockney accent. Good looking in a rough sort of way, sociopath, a killer who only looks out for himself.

Mr. Bumble: The Master of the Workhouse, age range 35-55, singer (C2-A3)/actor. Cockney accent. A large, pompous and corrupt bureaucrat. solo

Widow Corney: The Mistress of the Workhouse, age range 30-50, singer (soprano, C3-G4)/ actress. Cockney accent. Sharp tongued widow, also corrupt. solo

Bet: Nancy's friend, may also have worked for Fagin, age range 20-35, singer (soprano, A2-E4)/actress should move well. Cockney accent. She idolizes Nancy.

Other Roles

Mr. Sowerberry: The undertaker, age range 30-45, actor/singer (baritone, C2-E3). Cockney accent. Kind of creepy, he "buy’s" Oliver from Bumble to work in the funeral home as a coffin follower, may be an alcoholic.

Mrs. Sowerberry: The undertaker's wife, age range 30-45, actress/singer (mezzo, C3-G4). Cockney accent. More business savvy than her husband.

Noah Claypole: Undertaker's apprentice, age range 18-25, actor. Cockney accent. May have also come from Workhouse. Feels threatened by, dislikes and torments Oliver.

Charlotte: Sowerberry's daughter, age range 16-21, actress. Cockney accent. Attracted to Noah, kind of flirty.

Mr. Brownlow: Older gentleman, age range 40-60, actor/singer. British (not cockney) accent. Kind upper class gentleman, Oliver's grandfather.

Dr. Grimwig: A doctor, age range 35-55, actor. British (not cockney) accent. Upper class, friend of Mr. Brownlow.

Mrs. Bedwin: A housekeeper, age range 35-55, singer (alto, C3-B3)/actor, British (not cockney) accent. Works for Mr. Brownlow. Warm personality.

Workhouse & Fagin KIDS

Age ranges 6-14, will cast boys AND girls. Including Dodger's friend

Singers/actors, let us know if you have any "special skills" example: acrobatics, tumbling, juggling, dance etc. Some cockney accents will be taught. We are looking for boys and girls who are bright and personable. Boys and girls will be in one or more of the following: Workhouse Boys, Workhouse Assistants, Bow Street Runners, Street Vendors (Criers), Crowd of Onlookers and Passersby



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