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St. Augustine's Musical Theatre Company

The UK Midlands' Award Winning Premier Local Theatre Company - Entertaining for 50 Years - 1974 to 2024

2024 Production - Oliver!
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Oliver! will be staged in Autumn 2024 at Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove
Oliver! - Launch Night and Audition Information
OLIVER! is the classic stage musical with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart and based on the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.  The show premiered on London’s West End in 1960 where it had a record-breaking run and has since enjoyed many revivals in the UK and around the world. It was also made into a multi-oscar winning film in 1968 starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Oliver Reed and Shani Wallis.

With many fabulous well-known songs such as Consider Yourself, Where is Love?, Oom-Pah-Pah, I’d Do Anything, Be Back Soon, Food Glorious Food, As Long as He Needs Me, and many more, Oliver! is a wonderful show for all the family and a brilliant night out at the theatre!

St. Augustine’s MTC’s production will be staged at Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove and runs from 10 to 17 November 2024.

Below is a breakdown of the characters and their recommended ages and vocal ranges. There are plenty of chorus roles with lines and singing solo pieces within the musical. The ages refer to the stage age not the actor’s own age.  Please note that the roles of Oliver, Mr. Brownlow, Dr Grimwig and Mrs. Bedwin are spoken with a ‘posh’ accent
. All the other characters will speak with a ‘Cockney’ accent, so please be aware this requirement is essential for audition.  For those characters, singing with a strong accent will also be necessary.  There are plenty of resources available on YouTube to refer to prior to audition.



WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 2024: Workshop and Launch Night. Children from 7pm to 8.30pm. Adults from 8.30pm to 10pm. A fun night just to 'warm you all up' and meet everyone. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.

THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2024: Principal Auditions for Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger from 7pm to 8.30pm. Principal Auditions for Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sikes from 8.30pm to 10pm. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.

WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 2024: Principal Auditions for Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger from 7pm to 8.30pm. Principal Auditions for Fagin, Nancy and Bill Sikes from 8.30pm to 10pm. Also, possible callbacks. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.

THURSDAY 18 APRIL 2024: Principal Auditions for Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney, Mr. Sowerberry, Mrs. Sowerberry and Noah Claypole from 7.30pm to 10pm. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.

WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2024: Auditions for Children only for Fagin's Gang and Workhouse from
BROMSGROVE 7pm to 9pm. VENUE: Artrix Theatre, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1GN

THURSDAY 25 APRIL 2024: Auditions for Children only for Fagin's Gang and Workhouse from
SOLIHULL 7pm to 9pm. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 2024: Auditions for cameo roles and dancers. Also, possible call backs. 7.30pm to 10pm.

WEDNESDAY 8 MAY 2024: First rehearsal for the cast. Information and schedules will be given out. VENUE: Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull B91 3LQ.
Oliver! - Principal and Main Roles Available for Audition
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The show’s title character.  An orphan, slight and innocent with a strong spirit. Abandoned in the Workhouse from an upper-class family.  Must be able to convey real emotions, fear, defiance, affection & honesty.  Some dancing required.

Vocal Range: Unbroken Boy’s Voice (A3 to F5)
Stage Playing Age: 8 - 10
Audition Songs:
Where is Love, I’d do Anything and Consider Yourself

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Fagin’s top pick pocket, he introduces Oliver to Fagin. A cheeky, chirpy lad who is a good, friendly, optimistic soul despite his line of work. A good dancer.

Vocal Range: (A#3 to F5), with strength.
Stage Playing Age: 12 – 13
Audition Songs:
Consider Yourself and I’d do Anything

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Fagin is a Jewish émigré who is a conniving, miserly, manipulative seemingly kind father figure of his gang of children. He teaches them how to pick pockets and steal.  The street urchins are grateful for a home and food. The actor needs to demonstrate all these qualities throughout the play, plus an ability to dance or move rhythmically.

Vocal Range: Baritone (B2 to F4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 - 60 (younger actors can achieve his look)
Audition Songs:
Reviewing the Situation and You’ve got to Pick a Pocket or Two
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A graduate of Fagin’s gang, a mother figure to the young gang. She is involved with Bill Sikes who is a thug, but she is in love with him and tries to keep him out of trouble. She’s kind-hearted and intelligent and longs for a better life.  A rough diamond.  The actor needs to show real emotions for a strong characterisation and also has dancing ability.

Vocal Range: Alto, with belt (A3 to E5) 
Stage Playing Age: 20 - 30
Audition songs:  As Long As He Needs Me and I’d do Anything
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A dark, vicious, villainous character, unpredictable who puts fear into everyone he meets.  Fagin taught him to thieve but now has little control over him.  A nasty piece of work which needs to be conveyed with strength. Glowering and brutish. The actor must not be afraid to act out his murder of Nancy.

Vocal Range: Bass/Baritone (C#3 to C4)
Stage Playing Age: 30s
Audition Song:
My Name
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Nancy’s younger sister, a former gang member. She is a kind girl, who loves Nancy.  The actor must portray this character with real emotion.  Pretty, sweet and strong-willed.  Needs to be able to dance.

Vocal Range:  Alto (C4 to C5)
Stage Playing Age: 12 - 14
Audition Song:
It’s a Fine Life
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The Beadle who runs the workhouse. Pompous, mean, greedy, overbearing and uncaring.  Always looking to benefit himself, portraying his Christian morality whilst showing no compassion to the children in his care. He and Widow Corney have set their sights on each other as they are both looking to gain from each other! The actor needs to convey pomposity and have good comedic timing.

Vocal Range: Tenor (C3 to A4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 - 60
Audition Songs:
Boy For Sale and I Shall Scream
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A sharp-tongued, domineering woman, the matron of the workhouse.  She wants to get her hands on Bumble, so she flirts with him until he relents.  She is proud and fussy. The actor needs a strong, gutsy attack with good comedic timing.

Vocal Range: Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano (C4 to E5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 - 60
Audition Song
: I Shall Scream
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The undertaker, a slimy, creepy man who is ruled by his wife. Grim and very formal.  The actor needs good comedic timing for this role.

Vocal Range: Baritone (C3 to F4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 - 60
Audition Song:
That’s Your Funeral
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The undertaker’s wife, a sharp, sour, mean-spirited woman, very thrifty!  The actor provides comic relief with her husband in her scenes.

Vocal Range: Alto/Mezzo-Soprano (C4 to F5)
Stage Playing Age: 40 – 60
Audition Song: That’s Your Funeral
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Mr. Brownlow’s housekeeper, a kind, motherly figure who is a wise woman.

Vocal Range: Alto (C4 to Bb4)
Stage Playing Age: 40 - 60s  
Audition Song:
Where is Love?
Rehearsals - Important Information
Rehearsals are held at Widney Junior School, Clifton Crescent, Solihull, B91 3LQ. 

Rehearsals take place on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY evenings at 7.30pm at Widney Junior School.  Please note that if you have a role in this production, other than unavoidable work commitments, illness and holidays (we ask that you don't book holidays in October/November on the run up to the show), you are expected as a priority to make yourself available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for rehearsals. 

Availability for rehearsals is a key factor and you will be required to notify us of any known unavailability for Wednesday and Thursday rehearsals. While it is understood that people’s busy lives may result in certain unavailability developing after we start work on the show, you are required to promptly notify the Production Team of any changes in your availability. Prolonged or regular absence may result in your role being re-cast.

If you cannot attend a rehearsal, contact Veronica Walsh on 0121 705 3914 / 07932 010453 initially and thereafter Sharyn Hastings or Michelle King.  Please contact the production team directly and preferably in advance of a rehearsal, so that any disruption to a planned rehearsal can be avoided.  Do not send absence messages via another cast member or other third party!

There will also be two orchestra rehearsals. Venues to be confirmed.
Oliver! - Synopsis
Act One

The musical opens in the workhouse, as the half-starved orphan boys are entering the enormous dining hall for supper. They are fed only gruel, but find some solace by imagining a richer menu (Food Glorious Food). Oliver gathers up the courage to ask for more, and is immediately apprehended by parish beadle Mr. Bumble and the Widow Corney, the heartless and greedy caretakers of the workhouse (Oliver!). Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney are left alone, and Mr. Bumble begins to make amorous advances ("I Shall Scream!"). Mrs. Corney pretends to resent his attentions, but ends up on Mr. Bumble's lap, as he eventually proposes to her. Mr. Bumble then takes Oliver and sells him as an apprentice to an undertaker,Mr. Sowerberry (Boy for Sale). Mr. Sowerberry and his wife taunt Oliver and Mr. Bumble (That's Your Funeral), causing Mr. Bumble to become angry and storm out. Oliver is sent to sleep in the basement with the coffins (Where is Love?).

The next morning, Noah Claypole, another employee of Mr. Sowerberry, insults Oliver's dead mother, whereupon Oliver begins pummelling him. Mrs. Sowerberry and her daughter, Charlotte, who is also Noah's girlfriend, run in. The three lock Oliver inside a coffin, and Mr. Bumble is sent for. The entrance of an intoxicated Mr. Sowerberry doesn't aid matters, and during all the commotion Oliver escapes. After a week on the run, he ends up in the city of London and meets a boy about his age known as the Artful Dodger. Dodger seems a kindly boy, and welcomes Oliver to join him and his friends (Consider Yourself). Dodger is, unknown to Oliver, a pickpocket, and invites Oliver to come and live in Fagin's lair. Fagin is a veteran criminal "fence" who sends out young boys as pickpockets. Oliver is completely unaware of any criminality and believes that the boys make handkerchiefs rather than steal them. Oliver is introduced to Fagin and his boys and taught their ways (You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two).

The next day, Oliver meets Nancy, an older member of Fagin's gang and the girlfriend of Fagin's terrifying associate Bill Sikes, a brutal house-burglar whose abuse she endures because she loves him. Nancy, along with her good friend Bet and the boys sing about how they mostly like their unconventional if dangerous lifestyle (It's a Fine Life). Oliver bows deeply to Nancy and Bet, trying to be polite. All the boys laugh and mimic Oliver. Nancy singles out Dodger to demonstrate the way the rich people treat each other ("I'd Do Anything"). Nancy and Bet leave, and Oliver is sent out with the other boys on his first pickpocketing job (Be Back Soon). Fagin tells Oliver to go with Dodger and another boy named Charley Bates, but when Dodger and Charley steal a handkerchief from Mr. Brownlow, a wealthy old man, they run off, leaving the horrified Oliver to be arrested for the crime (The Robbery).

Act Two

In the Three Cripples pub, at the request of boisterous customers, Nancy strikes up an old tavern song with the low-life ruffians, (Oom-Pah-Pah). Bill Sikes makes his first appearance and disperses the crowd (My Name). Dodger runs in and tells Fagin about Oliver's capture and removal to the Brownlow household. Worried that Oliver will "blow upon them" (i.e. betray the gang to the authorities), Fagin and Bill decide to abduct Oliver and bring him back to the den, with Nancy's help. Nancy, who has come to care for Oliver, at first refuses to help, but Bill physically abuses her and forces her into obedience. In spite of this, Nancy still loves Bill and believes he loves her too (As Long as He Needs Me).

The next morning, at Mr. Brownlow's house in Bloomsbury, Mrs. Bedwin, the housekeeper, sings to Oliver (Where Is Love? [Reprise]), and Oliver wakes up as street-sellers begin their day's work outside (Who Will Buy?). Mr. Brownlow and Dr. Grimwig decide that Oliver is well enough to go outside, so Brownlow sends Oliver to return some books to the bookseller. Oliver sees a group of street vendors and joins them in song (Who Will Buy? [Reprise]). As the vendors leave, Nancy and Bill appear and grab Oliver. They bring him back to Fagin's den, where Nancy saves Oliver from a beating from Sikes after the boy tries to flee. Nancy remorsefully reviews their dreadful life, but Bill maintains that any living is better than none while Fagin tries to smooth things over (It's A Fine Life [Reprise]). Left alone, Fagin ponders his current existence and possible life changes (Reviewing the Situation); however, after thinking of various excuses, he elects to stay just as he is.

Back at the workhouse, Mr. Bumble and the Widow Corney, now unhappily married, are told by the dying pauper Old Sally that Oliver's mother, Agnes, left a gold locket when she died in childbirth. Old Sally had stolen the locket, which she gives to the Widow Corney before she dies. Mr. and Mrs. Bumble realise that Oliver may have wealthy relatives (Oliver! [Reprise]) and visit Mr. Brownlow (who has advertised for news of Oliver), hoping to profit from any reward given for information . Mr. Brownlow realises they are not interested in Oliver's welfare but only money and throws them out. Recognising the picture inside the locket as a picture of his daughter, he realises that Oliver is actually his grandson.

Nancy visits Mr. Brownlow, explains how she and Bill abducted Oliver, and remorsefully promises to deliver Oliver to him safely that night on London Bridge but refuses to give up her fellow gang members. She ponders again about Bill (As Long as He Needs Me [Reprise]). Suspecting Nancy, Bill follows her as she sneaks Oliver out of Fagin's den. At London Bridge, he confronts them and viciously clubs Nancy to death. He then grabs Oliver and runs off. Mr. Brownlow arrives and discovers Nancy's body. A large crowd forms, among them the distraught Bet. Bullseye, Bill's terrier, turns on his master and returns to the scene of the crime, and the crowd prepares to follow him. After Sikes brings Oliver to Fagin's hideout looking for aid, Fagin and his boys flee in panic. The constables break in, and Dodger is arrested before he can escape. Not finding Bill at the hideout, the crowd returns to the Thames Embankment. Bill appears at the top of the bridge, holding Oliver as hostage and threatening to kill him. When a memory of the dead Nancy freezes Sikes, two policemen sneak up on him, and one of them shoots Bill while the other grabs Oliver. After Oliver is reunited with Mr. Brownlow, the mob disperses. Fagin appears and decides that the time has never looked better for him to straighten out his life (Reviewing the Situation [Reprise]).
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