Adult auditions for our 2019 production of Oliver! are now open:
Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Young, orphaned Oliver Twist must navigate London’s underworld of theft and violence in search of a home, a family, and – most importantly – love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving yet charismatic Fagin. When Oliver is falsely accused of a theft he did not commit, he is rescued by a kind and wealthy gentleman… much to the dismay of Fagin’s violent sidekick, Bill Sykes. Caught in the middle is the warm-hearted Nancy, who is trapped under Bill’s thumb, but desperate to help Oliver, with tragic results. With spirited, timeless songs like “As Long As He Needs Me”, “Food, Glorious Food”, and “Where is Love”, Oliver! Is a musical classic.
Come to our information evening on Wednesday 14th November, 8pm at Aspendale Gardens Community Centre to meet our committee and production team and learn more about the audition process
Please prepare two contrasting songs:
Must suit the style of the show, but no songs from Oliver!
Your song choices should also showcase your ability to perform a character
Please come prepared with sheet music in the correct key. An audition pianist will be available for all adult auditions.
No backing tracks accepted.
Auditionees will read lines from the script for the character you are auditioning for. Script excerpts will be provided for you on the day. Prepare for the role by knowing the type of character required and the personality and mannerisms of that character. We may also ask you to read lines for another character on the spot if we feel you are more suited to another role.
Please bring along performance resume (if you have one) and a non-returnable current headshot, and be prepared to have your photograph taken at the time of your audition to assist our team with the casting process.
All auditionees will be taught a short dance/movement sequence within their audition. Please wear comfortable attire.
Male Child – title role, Soprano (A3 – G5)
Child approx. 9-14, British accent, intelligent, innocent, charming
Male Child – supporting role, Soprano (A3 – G5)
Child approx. 10-15, Cockney accent, cheeky, street-smart
Male Adult – supporting role, Baritone (A2 – F4)
Mature role, 40+ preferred. Manipulative, eccentric, leader of the pickpockets.
Male Adult – supporting role. Baritone (G2 – D4)
Aged approx. 20-40, violent, brutish, cruel.
Female Adult – supporting role. Alto (F3 – G5)
Preferred age 30+, mature, kind-hearted, cockney accent, strong yet abused.
Male Adult, Tenor (Db3 – Ab4)
Aged 40+, judgemental, self-righteous manager of the boy’s workhouse.
Female adult (Db4 – Ab5)
Aged 30+ preferred, demanding and greedy.
Male adult, Baritone (C3 – F4)
Slimy and spineless undertaker.
Female adult, (C4 – F5)
Undertaker’s wife, dominant and bossy.
Female teen/young adult, Alto (Ab3 – E5)
Friend to Nancy, Cockney-accent.
Male adult, spoken role.
Aged 50+ preferred. Wealthy, compassionate and intelligent gentleman.
Group scenes as villagers, workhouse staff, barmaids, angry mob, and featured roles including Charlotte, Noah Claypole, Old Sally, Mrs Bedwin, Dr Grimwig.
Aged 15 and under: Workhouse boys, Fagin’s gang
The age guidelines listed underneath the characters are a general suggestion only. We encourage everyone to audition for the role that they feel most suited to. Final casting decisions will be made at the discretion of the Director and the production team. All cast, regardless of age, must be able to commit to the rehearsal schedule and performance season, and they must show maturity to learn their lines and remember their directions.
AUDITION TIMES AND BOOKING
Friday 18th January: 7.30pm – late
Saturday 19th January: 10am – 5pm
Sunday 20th January: 10am – 5pm
Auditions can be booked through TryBooking: https://www.trybooking.com/BAAZC
Alternatively, please contact our audition coordinator Robyn Zugaj on 0475 417 245 or to book your audition time or ask further questions.
Cast will be required to attend all scheduled rehearsals unless advised otherwise by the production team.
Wednesdays: 7.30pm – 10.30pm (junior cast will be permitted to leave by 9pm)
Sundays: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Commencing from Sunday 3rd February 2019.
Rehearsals will occur on all days including public holidays unless otherwise advised by the committee or production team. Please note, as our production opens just 2 weeks after the July school holidays, absolutely no absences will be permitted during the July school holidays.
Rehearsals are held at Aspendale Gardens Community Service, 103-105 Kearney Drive, Aspendale Gardens VIC 3195.
A compulsory full weekend will be scheduled, dates to be advised. Typically this will be held in June, and cast members will be required from 9am-5pm on both the Saturday and Sunday. Dates will be advised in early February.
Sitz-Probe: Date to be advised
Bump in: Saturday 13th July
In-theatre rehearsals (Shirley Burke Theatre, Parkdale): Sunday 14th, Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th July (times to be advised, usually 6pm – 11pm). Please note, even the children’s cast will be required to stay until 11pm on all of these days leading up to the performances.
Thursday 18th July: 7.30pm (preview show only, front of house staff and sponsors)
Friday 19th July: 7.30pm (opening night)
Saturday 20th July: 2.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday 21st July: 11.00am and 4.30pm
Thursday 25th July: 7.30pm (TBA – will only open if show sells out)
Friday 26th July: 7.30pm
Saturday 27th July: 2.00pm and 7.30pm
Cast MUST be available for all rehearsals, production week and performance dates. Cast are required at the theatre 1.5 hours prior to the performance time for all performances.
Working with children check policy
In accordance with Aspect Inc. policy, all chaperones, members of the production team and our committee are required to present a valid WWCC to the Secretary of the company. A copy of the WWCC will be made and kept in our files, and will be checked at the beginning of the rehearsal period and again prior to moving into the theatre. The safety of our cast is our top priority. Working with children checks are free to obtain as we are a volunteer organisation, and we encourage all of our adult cast members to take this opportunity to obtain their card.
Fees and requirements
There will be a $150.00 show fee to be paid prior the first full cast rehearsal in February. This fee includes all librettos and scores, Aspect membership for the 2019 financial year, insurance, snacks and refreshments at rehearsals, and a printed “Oliver!” t-shirt to wear to rehearsals.
Librettos are not permitted to be taken home until cast fees are paid in full. Cast fees are due by the first rehearsal (Sunday 3rd February 2019) and can be paid online or with cash.