TLC Announces Auditions For
The Musical “Oliver”
CLIFTON, NJ – The Theater League of Clifton will hold auditions for its fall main stage production of the Broadway musical “Oliver,” the show adapted from the book “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The audition schedule is: Saturday, Aug. 24, 1-5 pm.; Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 7, 1-5 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 9, 7:30-9:30 (for call backs). Auditions will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 303 Maplewood Ave., Clifton (one block from Valley Road).
The auditions are open to all genders and ethnicities. The production will make use of an updated orchestration for the show. Those auditioning for singing roles will be asked to perform (prepare 16 bars to sing). Ensemble roles will include children (ages 10 and up) and teens. Gymnastic/circus skills are a plus. Some ensemble cast members will be featured in speaking roles. Parts for adult singers are open to all ages. Performers must dance or move well. Gymnastics/acrobatics/juggling skills are a plus. Some adult parts will be featured as non-singing speaking roles.
The featured character roles for Oliver are: Oliver Twist, a boy, age 10-13, soprano, with a British accent—an orphan with a pure heart; Fagin, mature male, 50-70, baritone, Cockney accent. The receiver of stolen goods who runs pickpocket school; Nancy, female, 20s-30s, alto (strong belt), Cockney accent, dances and moves well. A good hearted woman with a questionable reputation; the Artful Dodger, a boy (possibly a girl), 11-15, soprano, Cockney accent, dancing is a plus. A skilled pickpocket and Fagin’s top “student”; Bill Sikes, male, 20s-30s, baritone, Cockney accent, a hardened criminal and killer; Mr. Bumble, male, 30s-60, high tenor, Cockney accent, the pompous master of the workhouse; Widow Corney, female, 30s-60, soprano, Cockney accent, the mistress of the workhouse; Bet, female, teen to early 20s, alto, Cockney accent, dancing a plus. Bet is Nancy’s young friend and protégé; Mr. Sowerberry, male, 30s-50s, baritone, Cockney accent, the undertaker who “buys” Oliver; Mrs. Sowerberry, female, 30s-50s, soprano, Cockney accent, the shrewd undertaker’s wife; Mr. Brownlow, male, 50s-70s, non-singing, British accent, a kind and generous gentleman; Mrs. Bedwin, female, 40s-60s, non-singing, British accent, Mr. Brownlow’s housekeeper; Noah Claypole, male, 16-25, non-singing, Cockney accent, the undertaker’s assistant; Charlotte, female, 16-25, non-singing, Cockney accent, the undertaker’s flirtatious daughter; and Dr. Grimwig, male, 50s-70s, non-singing, British accent, the friend of Mr. Brownlow.
Maren Sugarman will direct the show, Jalmari Vanamo will serve as the musical director, Teressa Kallay is the choreographer, and John Traier is the producer.
The production will be staged at the Theresa Aprea Theater, 199 Scoles Ave., Clifton. Show dates are Nov. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17. For additional information, visit the Theater League of Clifton’s website (www.theaterleagueofclifton.com) or call (973) 928-7668.