AUDITIONS

CONSIDER YOURSELF ONE OF US!

Join us for our Summer 2023 Broadway Series production of this beloved Dickensian tale! 
We are seeking singers, actors and dancers ages 8-25 to take part in bringing this larger-than-life musical production to the Cambridge stage! 

AUDITION DATES 

FRIDAY, MARCH 10th, 2023 from 6:00-9:00 pm. 
SATURDAY, MARCH 11th from 6:00-9:00 pm. 
* PLEASE NOTE:
Auditions are by appointment only. See registration form below. 

CALLBACK DATE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15th from 6:00-9:00 pm. 
* PLEASE NOTE: Callbacks are held by invitation only. 

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AUDITION LOCATION

Knox Presbyterian Church 
132 Argyle St. North. Cambridge, ON. 

SHOW SYNOPSIS 

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.

* OLIVER! is licensed with permission through Music Theatre International (MTI Shows). 

WHAT TO PREPARE 

Please prepare a song in the style of Golden-era Broadway (musicals predating the 1970s.) 
You may also be asked to do a cold reading from the script. 
All auditionees will be asked to complete a short, simple dance segment lead by our choreographer. 

PLEASE NOTE 

We ask that all auditionees please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled audition time to fill out the necessary paperwork. 
As a courtesy to the creative team, if you are unable to attend your scheduled audition or must reschedule to a different date, please contact pennyandpoundtheatre@gmail.com at least 12 hours before your scheduled audition slot. 

IMPORTANT DATES 

REHEARSALS: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00-10:00 pm
REHEARSAL START DATE: Monday, March 20th from 6:00-10:00 pm 
TECH WEEK: Monday, July 3rd- Wednesday, July 5th from 5:00-10:00 pm 
MOVE-IN: Sunday, July 2nd from 12:00-6:00 pm 
SHOW DATES: Thursday, July 6th from 6:30-10:30 pm; Friday, July 7th from 6:30-10:30 pm; 
Saturday, July 8th from 12:30-4:30 pm and 6:30-10:30 pm; Sunday, July 9th from 12:30-4:30 pm

 

WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR 

Penny & Pound Theatre Productions is a safe and inclusive youth and young adult production company with a mission to offer the best in community arts and youth theatre education in the Region. We encourage full participation from performers identifying as members of the BIPOC community and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, as well as performers with disAbilities and those of all gender identities, social and economic backgrounds and beliefs. 
We are looking for enthusiastic performers with a keen knack for singing, acting, dancing or all three! No previous experience is necessary. All we ask is that all auditionees enjoy creative challenges, are hardworking and have a love of the theatrical arts! 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS 

OLIVER TWIST | Gender Identity: Any, Age: 8-12, Range: Treble/Soprano or High Tenor 
A workhouse orphan of about 11 years of age. Oliver is innocent and good-hearted, with an unbreakable spirit. This character speaks with a typical British accent. 

FAGIN | Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Tenor/Baritone 
An elderly receiver- runs training academy for young pickpockets. This character speaks with a Cockney accent. 

THE ARTFUL DODGER | Gender Identity: Any, Range: Tenor 
Fagin's brightest pupil- an undersized 16 year old. Dodger is lively and self-assured. We are looking for a performer who possesses strong stage presence and comedic timing. This character speaks with a Cockney accent. 

NANCY | Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Mezzo-Soprano/Alto 
A graduate of Fagin's academy of pickpockets. Nancy is hardened by past tragedies, but is strong-willed, intelligent and motherly. We are looking for a performer who is able to properly convey a range of emotions. This character speaks with a Cockney accent. 

BILL SIKES | Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Bass 
A villain in his prime. The most infamous graduate of Fagin's academy. Nancy's cold-hearted boyfriend. 

BET: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Mezzo-Soprano 
A young lass in Fagin's establishment who idolizes Nancy. 

MR. BUMBLE: Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Tenor
A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse. He behaves without compassion towards the paupers in his care. 

WIDOW CORNEY: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Soprano 
A sharp-tongued, domineering widow- the Workhouse Mistress. 

MR. BROWNLOW: Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Non-Singing 
An old gentleman of wealth and breeding. Gentle and compassionate. 

MR. SOWERBERRY: Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Baritone 
An undertaker. Slimy, untrustworthy. A pawn of his wife. 

MRS. SOWERBERRY: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Soprano/Alto
Mr. Sowerberry's wife and overseer. She's stingy and mean-spirited. 

CHARLOTTE: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Non-Singing 
The flirtatious albeit mean-spirited daughter of the Sowerberrys. She's infatuated with Noah Claypole. 

NOAH CLAYPOLE: Gender Identity: Masculine, Range: Non-Singing 
Mr. Sowerberry's pimply apprentice. A downright bully. 

MR. GRIMWIG: Gender Identity: Masculine. Range: Non-Singing 
A dimwitted doctor. 

MRS. BEDWIN: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Alto
The Brownlow's housekeeper. She is wise and kind-hearted. 

OLD SALLY: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Non-Singing 
An ancient pauper with an important secret. 

CHARLEY BATES: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Non-Singing 
A boy in Fagin's establishment. Dodger's right-hand. 

MATRON: Gender Identity: Feminine, Range: Non-Singing 
A friend of Old Sally's. Matron at the Workhouse. 

THE ROSE SELLER: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Mezzo-Soprano
A soloist in 'Who Will Buy?' 

THE MILKMAID: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Soprano 
A soloist in 'Who Will Buy?' 

THE KNIFE GRINDER: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Baritone 

THE STRAWBERRY SELLER: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Soprano 
A soloist in 'Who Will Buy?' 

ENSEMBLE: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Tenor/Baritone/Bass, Soprano/Mezzo/Alto
Workhouse assistants, street vendors, townspeople, merchants, bar keepers, pub patrons, policemen, night watchman. Some individual lines. Singing and dancing in ensemble numbers.

CHILDREN'S ENSEMBLE: Gender Identity: Any, Range: Tenor, Soprano, Treble 
Workhouse children, members of Fagin's gang. 








 

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